IT'S all systems go for Farnborough's major new shopping development at the north end of Queensmead and Kingsmead.

This week Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott gave the all clear to plans for a new Sainsbury superstore, other large shops, offices, a health and fitness centre, a new surface car park and nearly 100 flats.

Most of the affected properties in Queensmead have been boarded up for some time and Rushmoor gave its go ahead last November. But major developments need Government endorsement.

The Government Office of the South East confirmed this week that all relevant planning issues had been taken into account.

Coun. Eddie Poole, Rushmoor's Development Control committee chairman, commented: "We are naturally very pleased that this hurdle has been jumped and I hope that we can now move very quickly with the developers to get the redevelopment under way. Farnborough has been waiting a long time for this."

Rushmoor said there were still some legal details to be finalised but it was hoped that owners Key Property Investments would be marketing the development shortly.

KPI director Nick Doyle said yesterday (Wednesday): "We are delighted that the Government Office has given the all-clear.

"It represents a major step forward for the development, and means we could be on site early next year."

He estimated that the multi-million pound scheme would take about 18 months to complete.