A new local plan, which will guide the development of Aldershot and Farnborough up to 2032, has been adopted by Rushmoor Borough Council.

The local plan sets out where and how many new homes should be built locally. It also establishes the scale and location of employment uses and identifies the need for new infrastructure, such as schools, parks and local transport. In addition, it contains policies to guide any future proposals to change the pattern, nature and/or number of business aviation movements at Farnborough Airport.

The adoption of the plan follows a four-day public hearing last May. This heard evidence from a wide range of people and organisations, including residents, property developers, transport providers and health bodies.

Following a number of modifications to the plan, many of which the council put forward, there was a further six-week consultation in September and October. Many of these modifications were to make sure that the evidence used was up-to-date and that local policies were consistent with national policies.

The plan passed an important step in January, when an inspector from the government’s Planning Inspectorate announced it was ‘sound’ subject to the modifications proposed and consulted upon.

The full council agreed to adopt the local plan formally at its meeting on Thursday 21 February.

Councillor Barbara Hurst, Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Planning and Economy, said: “This is positive news for everyone who lives, works and does business in Rushmoor.

“It means that development happens where the local community wants and needs it, rather than regional or national decision makers deciding for us.”

Full details of the new Rushmoor Local Plan are available on the council’s website at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/localplanexamination