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HCA seeks developer for 4,500 home Aldershot scheme

The Homes and Communities Agency is inviting developers to bid for a 4,500-home regeneration project on 148 ha of surplus military land offered up by Defence Estates.

The mixed-use scheme will also include new schools as well as community and leisure facilities on the brownfield Aldershot Urban Extension site at Aldershot Garrison.

HCA area head Kevin Bourner, said: “The HCA has the expertise to secure the best deal for the community and the best value for the taxpayer from the sale of this surplus public land.

“The winning bidder will have to achieve high standards of sustainability, design and ensure new affordable homes and community facilities are part of their plans. It will both benefit the local community and support our Armed Forces through the re-investment of the sale proceeds.”

Defence Estates, which manages all of the Ministry of Defence’s land, is selling part of the estate after a planned restructure and consolidation to meet operating needs.

The AUE is one of the largest brownfield sites in the South East of England, which has been released as part of a Strategic Defence Review. As Aldershot is the home of the British Army, much of the operational military estate will be retained.

Potential developers have until 15 April to submit expressions of interest to the HCA.  It is hoped a development partner will be in place by the end of the year and work could start on site from 2012.

This scheme is separate from the HCA’s Public Land Initiative, which will see public land offered up to members of its recently selected Delivery Partner Panel. See CNinsight for more details.