AN Aldershot furniture store, opened 25 years ago, is set to be demolished to make way for flats.

Pavilion Housing Association has been given the green light to build 13 homes where Trends now stands.

A shop will also be included in the three-storey development on the High Street site, which is in a conservation area.

Rushmoor Council planners were told that the furniture shop was underused and in a state of "substantial disrepair".

The current use added very little to the town centre, the report continued, and the redevelopment would result in a more beneficial use of the site.

An objection was received from the owner of an amusement arcade and Owls nightclub, which adjoins the site.

He feared there would be a conflict between his business and people living in the flats.

The planners decided that sound insulation should be included in the building to overcome this problem.

They agreed to approve the scheme provided Pavilion contributes £14,643 towards the provision of open space in the town.

Also, the association must provide written justification for demolishing the building which, according to the council's conservation team, "contributes to the area's character and appearance".