New homes will 'join Aldershot and Farnborough'By Amy Taylor
February 13, 2013
FARNBOROUGH’S North Camp village could reap the benefits from the planned Aldershot Urban Extension (AUE), with consultation for the development currently under way.
The AUE, if approved, would be based between Aldershot and North Camp and bring thousands of new residents to the borough.
Local politicians have underlined their hope that the AUE will increase trade for the village and act as a boost for North Camp businesses.
Hampshire county councillor John Wall, who represents Farnborough South, said: “In principle, I see the AUE as a good thing for North Camp.
“It would mean new people being not that far away who can spend money in North Camp – and that to me is good news.
“I certainly hope it would bring trade to the area. There are some first-rate shops and businesses in North Camp and I hope that they can benefit from those extra people.
"But it is not just good news for businesses in North Camp, it is good news for Farnborough – I think it will reach into central Farnborough.”
Plans and images went on display at the Wellington shopping centre in Aldershot at the weekend, with representatives from development partners Grainger answering questions from more than 400 visitors.
John Beresford, development director for Wellesley, said it had been very positive with people focusing favourably on the pleasing architecture and open spaces.
“We have seen this as one of the final parts,” he said. “We’ve had four of these exhibitions to date, where the early ones were taking comments and factoring them into our plans.”
The main issue flagged up to the team was health provision, he added, with many worried that health centres and hospitals would be overcome with the influx of new residents, but he said existing facilities had confirmed they would be able to cope.
Rushmoor councillor Diane Bedford said she felt the AUE could fill the void between Aldershot and Farnborough, and pull the borough together.
“I think it would be good for Aldershot and Farnborough, as it would bond the area together,” she said.
“Bit by bit it will actually join the two towns together, there will be people coming into North Camp and people going over to Aldershot. It will be a good mix and match.”
She added: “My main concern though is the transport aspect. We realise it is going to bring a lot more traffic and at this stage we have got no idea how much. There is the potential to make it quite a lot worse.”
The important factor now, said Mr Beresford, was for people to submit their comments on the application either in person at Aldershot Library or the Rushmoor Borough Council offices, or on the council website using reference number 12/00958/OUT.