Farnborough Civic Quarter, Rushmoor
The opportunity / type:
Farnborough’s Civic Quarter redevelopment offers a transformational opportunity to regenerate the town through investment in a key town centre location in accordance with local aspirations. Rushmoor Borough Council’s aim is for the Civic Quarter to be a vibrant mixed-use space, providing new town centre homes, active ground floor uses and the re-provision of a state-of-the-art leisure centre, library and community hub.
The site is currently home to Farnborough Leisure Centre, Elles Hall Community Centre, Farnborough Library, offices (Westmead House), a skate park, surface car parks and public realm. It was also home to the now-demolished Police Station.
A high-quality public realm will underpin the development, with an enhanced, flexible central green space forming the focal point, and improved pedestrian linkages between the Town Centre, Farnborough Business Park and development areas to the south. To deliver this comprehensive redevelopment, the RDP is committed to working closely with other landowners, developers, transport operators and public sector agencies.
The Rushmoor Local Plan guides the location, scale and type of future development in Rushmoor Borough up to 2032 and provides detailed development management policies to be used in determining planning application. Policy SP2.3 provides the planning policy context for the site’s regeneration.
The Farnborough Civic Quarter Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out a vision, design and delivery principles and an example scheme layout to guide future development in the Civic Quarter. The SPD will act as a material consideration for Rushmoor Borough Council in decision making regarding planning applications for proposed development in the area.