The Civic Quarter site sits to the south of Farnborough town centre and has been identified as a significant opportunity to develop a new heart for the town.
The masterplan area is currently home to the library, offices, a skate park, the former Elles Hall and police station sites, Farnborough Leisure Centre, car parks and open space. The Civic Quarter regeneration proposals would see this transformed into a mixed-use space with new opportunities for town centre living, alongside ground floor spaces for cafes and restaurants, library and community space. It would also enable creation of Rushmoor Borough Council’s separate plans to provide a new leisure centre.
Early public engagement on the Civic Quarter
As part of the 2019 public consultation and vision workshops undertaken by the Council and GT3 architects, they asked for feedback on people’s perceptions of the Civic Quarter site and Farnborough as a whole. As a result of these responses, eight key objectives for the masterplan were established, and will be used to bring forward future development. These objectives are shown on the right.
Thinking for the future of Farnborough
We are currently exploring an exciting new way to think about placemaking, where development is designed so that everything you need to live, work and enjoy your time is in reach within a 15-minute walk or bike ride.
This is 21st Century thinking for the future of Farnborough. Looking at a new place in this way reveals different possibilities for sustainable town centre living, and allows people to celebrate their community, shop local, access services, work collaboratively and socialise with friends.
Public consultation and next steps
Thank you for all of your feedback on what you would like to see as part of the Masterplan for the redevelopment of Farnborough’s Civic Quarter.
All of the feedback received will be reviewed by the RDP and will assist in bringing forward a Masterplan for the Civic Quarter. Further public consultation will take place to seek the communities’ views on this Masterplan, before this is finalised and a planning application is submitted to Rushmoor Borough Council for determination, likely Summer 2021.
Civic Quarter - Your Questions Answered
The Civic Quarter site sits to the south of Farnborough town centre and is currently home to the library, offices, a skate park, the now demolished Elles Hall and police station sites, Farnborough Leisure Centre (currently closed), car parks and open space.
The scheme is being brought forward by the Rushmoor Development Partnership (RDP), a joint venture between Rushmoor Borough Council and Hill Investment Partnerships. Our aim is to create distinctive, mixed-use town centres that offer high-quality retail, entertainment and cultural enrichment, alongside exciting employment opportunities and the delivery of much-needed new homes.
The Civic Quarter site has been identified as a significant opportunity to develop a new heart for the town and meet the Council’s housing requirements. Regenerating the site will transform it into a mixed-use space with new opportunities for town centre living, alongside ground floor spaces for cafes and restaurants, library and community space. It would also enable Rushmoor Borough Council’s separate plans to provide a new leisure centre.
We recently consulted local people on what they would like to see prioritised as part of the Civic Quarter Masterplan, this consultation was guided using eight objectives established using the 2019 public consultation feedback that will be used to bring forward the development. They are:
We are still refining the masterplan and look forward to including local feedback from this round of consultation before publishing the final proposals. Our current thinking is that the masterplan will include:
- A variety of retail and entertainment opportunities alongside active ground floor uses that will help to bring vibrancy into the town centre
- A new heart for Farnborough, with exciting public spaces to sit, meet and socialise
- Play space for younger and older children, with facilities for skaters and kick bike users
- Community spaces alongside arts and cultural facilities
- Green and open spaces to encourage healthy living
- Much needed new homes for local people and all stages of their housing journey
- Spaces for businesses to flourish and create jobs for local people
This is a new way of thinking about how we design places, where development is created so that everything you need to live, work and enjoy your leisure time is in reach within a 15-minute walk or bike ride. This concept will help create a thriving community and sustainable local economy and is 21st Century thinking for the future of Farnborough.
We are currently reviewing your feedback on priorities for the Masterplan and hope to complete the design stage soon. As part of the consultation, we showed you context images to give you an idea of what we would like the Civic Quarter to feel like.
As you may be aware, Elles Hall and the former police station have now been demolished. An improved library space and community facilities will form an important part of the Civic Quarter masterplan, alongside a new square that provides multi use play space for older and younger children, with facilities for skaters and kick bike users.
Rushmoor Borough Council has separate plans to create a new leisure centre, and the Civic Quarter site is providing the space for this. More information on the Council’s future plans for the leisure centre can be found on their website: https://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/article/12281/Cabinet-agrees-package-to-future-proof-its-leisure-facilities
Now that this phase of consultation has come to a close, we are reviewing all of the feedback given and will be using this to complete the Masterplan. We are aiming to have this ready by summer 2021 and will also be hosting another round of public consultation before submitting a planning application to Rushmoor Borough Council.
The most recent stage of our public consultation came to a close on 28th March, but we would still love to hear your feedback. Please don’t hesitate to contact the team using the details below:
- Phone: 0800 368 7592 (Freephone)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post: RDP Consultation Team, c/o Snapdragon at PLMR, Church House, 29 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BL