Plans by the Ministry of Defence and developer Grainger for nearly 4,000 new homes have been approved by Rushmoor Borough Council.
Masterplanned by Robert Adam’s practice ADAM Urbanism, the Aldershot Urban Extension known was unanimously approved at a special meeting of the council’s development control committee last night.
The 154-hectare masterplan was granted outline planning permission, with 110 hectares of associated green space on the southern edge of the former military town, subject to legal agreement.
Also granted approval was the detailed first phase, between Maida Gym and the Duchess of Kent Barracks, which will see 176 family homes and 52 flats beginning early next year.
The wider project, known as Wellesley, will be phased over the next 12 to 15 years, with 35 per cent of the new homes for social rented or shared ownership.
Two new primary schools will also be built, along with extensions to Connaught and Wavell secondary schools..
Robert Adam, the well-known Classicist architect, said: ‘The balance between making a new place attractive for new residents and maintaining the character of an important old military base is an important lesson for the future of defence sites.’