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Here comes the future...Newbury's course to be charted until 2036

Organisations and individuals can have input into town strategy

John Garvey

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PLANS are being drawn up for the future of Newbury over the next two decades.

And residents, as well as parish councils, have been invited to have their own individual input.

Anthony Pick has been designated chairman of the Newbury Town Plan steering group.

The town plan will provide input to the new local plan being prepared by West Berkshire Council, which will cover the period from 2019 to 2036.

Mr Pick said: “The purpose of the town plan is to provide our ideas on how Newbury might grow and develop over that period, and the opportunities, issues and constraints which we foresee.

“The plan is intended to include the following topics: the character of Newbury; planning; transport; business, commerce and retail; tourism, culture, recreation and leisure; education; medical facilities; the environment; emergency services, and places of worship.”

He added: “Because we consider the planning concerns of the Newbury Settlement Boundary to be essentially identical, we intend to cover the whole of that area.

“We are therefore inviting the parish councils of Speen, Shaw-cum-Donnington, Enborne and Greenham to participate.”

The plan is being prepared by the steering group set up by the town council’s planning and highways committee, plus representatives of the neighbouring parishes.

Its work will be divided among a number of working groups to address each of the above topics.

Mr Pick said: “We are, of course, consulting relevant external interest groups, but will be glad to consider offers of advice from any individual and organisation with relevant experience and knowledge.

“Advice which is included in the plan will be explicitly acknowledged.

“Evidence should take the form of the issues which you think of most importance, the direction in which you consider that the town should move over the next 20 years and the actions which should be taken accordingly.”

If you wish to contribute, or for more information, contact Newbury Town Council’s chief executive officer Hugh Peacocke at hugh.peacocke@newbury.gov.uk or call (01635) 780202.

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  • TractorMan

    30/11/2016 - 14:02

    How about sorting traffic out! Why not have the through traffic either on overpasses or underpasses on the A339 roundabouts to stop it interfering with local traffic? Most busy towns/cities have such arrangements why can't Newbury? Wake up before the town chokes! Real common sense would say NO more development until this is done (really radical thinking here I know!)

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  • Oldmoaner

    29/11/2016 - 17:05

    What is the point they have not taken any notice of their electorate up until now and continue to do what WBC and developers tell them. Unless they actually make a stand up for the people that elect them they will be left as they are now a committee with absolutely no power.

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  • NewburyDenizen

    29/11/2016 - 12:12

    well given the local council clearly can't plan their way beyond the tips of their noses, it's no wonder public input is being sought.

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  • PhilW

    29/11/2016 - 11:11

    Pretty sure Speen and Shaw cum Donnington alreay have their own local plans - I wonder what the residents will think about Newbury arbitrarily annexing their parishes?

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