Retail Shops in Aldershot and surronding areas
Two commercial business units are located at the western end of Union Street at its junction with Grosvenor Road in Aldershot Town Centre. Union Street (between Cross Street and Wellington Street) and the Wellington Centre are the prime retail locations in Aldershot and footfall increase towards Westgate Development (west on Union Street).
The Wellington Shopping Centre (just few yards away) is the main covered shopping centre. On eastern side of Wellington Street is the Galleries, a 96,000 sq ft covered shopping centre. There is an out of town Tesco to the west of the town centre beyond the Westgate Cinema / hotel / restaurant development.
Aldershot town centre car parks include the High Street (multi storey), Princes Gardens, Birchett Road and at the rear of the Co-op in Victoria Road. The car park in Alexandra Road (Warburg - multi storey) has been demolished to make way for the major Westgate entertainment and retail development.
Aldershot includes the Aldershot Military Town to the north of the town centre. Aldershot has been the ‘Home of the British Army’ since the mid/late 1800’s. The southern part of the Military Town is the Aldershot Urban Extension where 3,850 homes are planned for 2013.
Aldershot has a population in the region of 34,000. Distances to other towns include: Basingstoke 16 miles, Farnham 4 miles, Guildford 11 miles, Reading 21 miles and London 37 miles. Junction 4 of the M3 motorway is about 4 miles to the north of Aldershot via the A331 Blackwater Valley Road. The A331 connects Camberley and M3 motorway at its northern end with the A31 Hogs Back at its southern end. There is access onto the A331 to the east of Aldershot.
The M3/M25 motorway interchange is about 12 miles to the north of junction 4 of the M3. Heathrow Airport is about 20 miles away. Farnborough Airport is about 3 miles north of Aldershot. In the centre of Aldershot, the rail station provides a direct service to London Waterloo in about 50 minutes.
The aim for Wellesley is to build on the vision statement above and create a master plan with a genuine sense of place, which will reinforce and integrate with the existing fabric in a sensitive way, fully exploiting the inherent advantages of the site.
Therefore, a thorough understanding of the qualities and opportunities of the existing site and the potential therein helps to encapsulate key strengths that will enable us to form a series of new neighbourhoods as an integrated extension to the existing town of Aldershot.
Aldershot is home to a young, vibrant and affluent population. Families with young children and solid incomes make up more than 34% of the area's catchment demographic. Thanks to the town's military heritage, Aldershot and its people cultivate grate values. Aldershot is a 45-minute train ride away from London, as well as being less than an hour's drive from the coast and national parks.
The ambitious Wellesley housing development will create up to 3,850 new family homes - just a stone's throw from Aldershot town centre - and is due to start in 2014
Aldershot Urban Extension (AUE)
The Aldershot Urban Extension will provide about 3,850 new homes, together with schools and other facilities north of Aldershot town centre.
About the Aldershot Urban Extension
The Aldershot Urban Extension (AUE) is in the southern part of the military town and north of Aldershot town centre.
It covers around 150 hectares and is one of the largest brownfield regeneration sites in the south east of England.
The development of the AUE will create a sustainable new community in a high quality landscape and contribute to the regeneration of Aldershot town centre.
It will provide around 3,850 new homes, 35% of which will be affordable, along with two new primary schools, a local centre, community facilities, household waste recycling centre and recreational space.
Westgate, Aldershot's new £65-million pound leisure development, includes a multiplex cinema, restaurants, a hotel and Morrisons food store.
Westgate logo The seven-screen Cineworld cinema, Morrisons food store and Travelodge hotel are now open.
The development's eight restaurants, including Frankie and Benny's, Pizza Express, Prezzo, Harvester, Subway, Toby Carvery, Nando's and Mimosa, are also getting ready to open.