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Shaping the future of Basingstoke town centre

Development opportunities near train station and large shopping centre

Located on the doorstep of Basingstoke train station, the town centre attracts local and regional shoppers and visitors. The area includes The Malls Shopping Centre, which is owned by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, the historic Top of the Town, Anvil concert hall and Festival Place which is home to 150 stores, 200 big brands and 35 restaurants, bars and cafés.

A masterplan has been drawn up to set the future direction for the town centre over the coming decades to ensure it is a vibrant hub.

The Anvil Concert Hall
Festival Place

Town centre masterplan

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has been working with designers, architects and property specialists to develop an ambitious strategy for the future of the area.

The masterplan includes the creation of new high quality and low carbon urban areas, providing opportunities for a range of uses in addition to retail including space for community and cultural use, space for entrepreneurs and education as well as celebrating the borough’s rich heritage.

Adopted by the council in December 2022, the masterplan supports the council’s challenging climate change targets and includes ideas to improve accessibility by introducing new traffic zones.

Find out more about the vision and masterplan:

The Malls
Willis Museum, located at the Top of Town

To continue to take this project forward, the transformation of Basingstoke town centre will be delivered through partnership between the public and private sector. The council is looking for potential partners who are interested in bringing the masterplan to life.

Also see the Civic Campus opportunity, a potential redevelopment site of 2.6 acres with a setting overlooking War Memorial Park in a conservation area and located near the high street.

Civic Campus

For enquiries about the town centre future, please contact Sarah Longthorpe, Director of Regeneration.