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Plans to convert 60,000 sq ft of Newbury office space into flats are resubmitted

More than 100 new apartments planned for Overbridge Square Business Park

Chris Ord

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Chris Ord

Fears over dwindling office space in Newbury

PLANS to convert more than 60,000 sq ft of office space in Newbury into flats have been resubmitted by the developer.

The applications, originally submitted to West Berkshire Council in July, were withdrawn last month as developer Overbridge Development Ltd was unable to provide sufficient information surrounding noise impact and potential ground and water contamination.

However, this week the plans have been resubmitted by the London-based developer with the aim of turning the five office blocks at Overbridge Square Business Park into more than 100 apartments across five buildings.

Five separate applications have been submitted for the five buildings, with proposals to develop up to 25 one- and two-bed apartments in each.

Overbridge Development Ltd, which acquired the site in July, is hoping to carry out the conversion under Permitted Development Rights.

The previous applications had come in for criticism from both town councillors and neighbouring businesses, who raised concerns over the impact of developing residential units in an industrial and commercial area.

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  • PhilW

    04/10/2016 - 10:10

    Unwanted offices turned into pleasant canalside apartments. Why not?

    Reply

  • DonCossack

    04/10/2016 - 07:07

    "London-based developer resubmits plans for commuter dormitory near Newbury Racecourse Railway Station".

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    • grumpy

      04/10/2016 - 08:08

      They have been empty for years, I think its a good idea. I would live there

      Reply

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