Farnborough/Aldershot built-up area

Coordinates: 51°14′N 0°45′W / 51.24°N 0.75°W / 51.24; -0.75
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Farnborough/Aldershot built-up area and Aldershot Urban Area are names used by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to refer to a conurbation spanning the borders of Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire in England.[1] The ONS found a population of 252,937 in 2011[1] (up 4%, rounded, from the 2001 figure of 243,344 residents).[2] This makes it the 29th-largest built-up area in England.[citation needed][clarification needed]

A conurbation consisting of Aldershot and Farnborough, together with Frimley and Camberley was identified as a conurbation since at least the mid 20th century. These four places had a total population of 70,000 in 1931 which grew to 91,700 by 1961.[3]

Most of the conurbation lies alongside the River Blackwater which gives a wider area including Fleet (which is not geographically in the Blackwater Valley) the alternate name of Blackwater Valley.[4]

The area forms part of the London metropolitan area[5] and borders the Metropolitan green belt. It almost adjoins the somewhat lower density Reading/Wokingham Urban Area at Sandhurst.


It was given these subdivisions in the 2011 census:[6]

Map of Farnborough/Aldershot Built-up Area
Geography code Area name 2011 Population District Notes
E35000108 Farnborough 65,034 Rushmoor, Borough of Guildford Subdivision includes Cove and Ash Vale
E35000207 Aldershot 57,211 Rushmoor, Borough of Guildford, Borough of Waverley Subdivision includes Ash, Hale and Tongham
E35000239 Wyke 276 Borough of Guildford
E35000279 Sandhurst 20,495 Bracknell Forest
E35000513 Blackwater 7,195 Hart District
E35000638 Badshot Lea 1,582 Borough of Waverley
E35000977 Deepcut 2,128 Surrey Heath
E35001045 Frimley 19,094 Surrey Heath
E35001069 Yateley 14,829 Hart District
E35001198 Farnham 25,604 Borough of Waverley
E35001352 Camberley 38,038 Surrey Heath Includes the village of Hawley
E35001431 Shortfield Common 911 Borough of Waverley


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011), "Local Area Report – Farnborough/AldershotBuilt-up Area (E34004885)", Nomis, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 11 April 2021
  2. ^ "United Kingdom: Countries and Major Urban Areas - Population Statistics, Maps, Charts, Weather and Web Information".
  3. ^ Freeman, Thomas (1966), The conurbations of Great Britain, Manchester University Press, p. 278, retrieved 10 April 2021
  4. ^ "Hart, Rushmoor & Surrey Heath Strategic Housing Market AssessmentNovember 2016" (PDF). Hart District Council. 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  5. ^ "British urban pattern: population data" (PDF). ESPON project 1.4.3 Study on Urban Functions. European Spatial Planning Observation Network. March 2007. p. 119. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  6. ^ "2011 Census - Usual resident population". ONS. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2016.

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