Branksomewood Road, Fleet | Under Construction
This retirement development of 46 one and two bedroom apartments has been granted planning permission and construction is underway. A Welcome Centre is due to open in Autumn 2014.
Fleet has a thriving town centre with an enjoyable mix of individual shops plus the chain stores you'd expect. What makes Fleet stand out from other towns in the area is the amazing selection of restaurants and coffee shops. All are within walking distance and mostly on the high street.
Two key features of Fleet have contributed significantly to the growth in popularity and population of the town: Firstly, the railway station. The rail journey from Fleet to Waterloo is around 50 minutes, with half-hourly services and modern trains. This makes Fleet a very popular commuter town.
Secondly, Fleet pond. Once the largest pond in Britain, this beautiful natural feature is surrounded by reedy marshland and then lightly wooded copses, with a variety of walks available all around it. There are picnic sites, a beach and even Shetland ponies grazing in some of the woodlands.
Another lovely aspect of Fleet is the Basingstoke Canal which runs right through the town and through neighbouring Crookham. Lovingly restored to a wonderful leisure facility, the canal features canal boats moored at various points, walks throughout its length on good quality paths, and a wealth of canal history.