Aldershot urban extension prompts hunt for extra planner

Written by: Jim Dunton
Published on: 5 Mar 2014
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Rushmoor Borough CouncilRushmoor Borough Council is expanding its planning team with a dedicated officer to deal with applications connected with the 3,850-home urban extension planned for Aldershot.

Last year the Hampshire authority granted residential property investor Grainger outline planning permission for the town’s expansion through the use of surplus military land.

The approval for the development, which will be known as Wellesley, also included full approval for an initial 225 homes, and the authority said it expected work to start this year.

Keith Holland, Rushmoor’s head of planning, said he anticipated that the new principal planning officer would find a substantial amount of their time would be spent on Wellesley.

"We’re expecting a series of applications on the back of the outline permission. We’re looking to have 15 or 20 phases of development over 15 years," he said.

“It’s going to be quite an intensive development and we felt that with our existing staff levels, we couldn’t cope.”

Holland said he envisaged that developer contributions would offset the cost of the Wellesley officer.