Across the UK, the way people shop and what they use town centres for is changing. While Fareham town centre has a range of services and shops, there is also an increasing number of vacancies, particularly in the shopping centre itself.
The layout of the shopping centre does not provide easy routes between Fareham Live (opening in 2024), the library, the health centre, Council offices and the shopping and entertainment offered in West Street and into Market Quay beyond.
There is a real and exciting opportunity for change since the Council bought Fareham Shopping Centre in September 2023.
We would like to have more homes in the town centre as well as ensuring any changes in the town centre offering of shops, services and entertainment will better serve our community's changing needs. We also want to create more interesting and high-quality outdoor public spaces and vibrant uses during the day and evening.
We are inviting residents to have their say on options for the regeneration of the town centre at two upcoming Community Action Team (CAT) meetings:
The activities below have helped to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the town centre currently, alongside opportunities for improvement. These will be presented to attendees at the CAT meetings, alongside options under consideration. There will then be time for attendees to tell us their favoured options as well as to ask any questions they may have.
An update on the Town Centre regeneration will be presented to the Council's Executive in March 2024.
Over 1,000 Fareham businesses, residents and visitors participated in Fareham Borough Council's town centre listening exercise during December 2023.
The feedback, together with wider technical work, informed the first stage in the regeneration process, leading to five key strategic objectives that will used to guide and influence future plans. These are:
To find out more please read the Initial Engagement Summary Report , Fareham Town Centre Regeneration Strategy and Action Plan and SWOT analysis that went to the Executive on 8 Janaury 2024.
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