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Newbury town centre regeneration scheme a step closer

Market Street development given all clear to proceed

Dan Cooper

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What new Market Street 'gateway' will look like from train station

A SCHEME to regenerate an area close to Newbury town centre has moved a step closer after the developer was given permission to clear the site.

Plans for a six-storey, 232-home development at Market Street were given the go-ahead last year.

The development will also see the construction of a new multi-storey car park, providing almost 500 car parking spaces, as well as the relocation of the bus station to The Wharf.

West Berkshire Council and developer Grainger have now finalised the Section 106 agreement, which outlines what financial contributions will be made.

All surveys have now been carried out and last week the council gave the green light for preparation work to take place.

A spokesman on behalf of Grainger said on Tuesday that the developer had not yet set a definite timetable for the works.

The ‘urban village’ will see the face of Newbury town centre’s southern gateway changed forever.

The 5.5-acre site, just north of Newbury railway station, has been earmarked for development since 2006, with the council including the regeneration of the area in its planning document for the town – Newbury Vision 2026.

The scheme became the subject of controversy when it was revealed that the land, which the council previously owned and valued at £3.9m, was given to Grainger at no cost.

Serious concerns have also been raised over the low number of affordable homes included in the project – developer Grainger had proposed just 13 units (5.6 per cent).

A viability assessment to justify the shortfall has been accepted as Grainger said that a higher amount would make the scheme unviable. 

Approving the plans, the council said: “The scheme will provide an impressive gateway into Newbury from the train station, which will help promote and enhance the existing town centre.

“The proposal will also improve the quality of the retail and other services available in the town centre, provide housing, create long-term employment and attract further investment in the town centre.”

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  • Oldmoaner

    21/04/2017 - 13:01

    Hello little elderly person and welcome to Newbury, this is our gateway; oh it looks like a backside. No that’s the people that allowed this debacle to happen. You want to catch a bus to the hospital; sorry you have to walk over half a mile to the new bus station. But of course we do not want bus passengers to visit our town when we can offer you one of our many fast food outlets that fill all of the town centre. When is this town going to control its own destiny?

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    • Bombey

      21/04/2017 - 13:01

      never heard of a bus stop?

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      • Oldmoaner

        21/04/2017 - 16:04

        Of course I have but I would have much preferred an integrated transport hub at the station and homes for families, rather than a town full of night time visiting commuters. Oh and where do you propose the bus stop for the north of the town will be Parkway.

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  • Sir William

    21/04/2017 - 11:11

    One had hoped that recent changes in the political landscape would have curtailed the "develop at any cost " syndrome , but alas no . Not a single mention on the impact on resources , no answer to the traffic problem that blights Newbury and little or no chance of it solving low cost housing needs . But when has anyone ever listened to local views ?

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    • EugeneStryker

      21/04/2017 - 16:04

      Sir William, the answer to the traffic problem (as well as cutting heart disease, dementia and a raft of other illnesses related to sedentary lifestyles) is clear and well evidenced but trying to explain the need for well designed segregated cycle lanes to your average motorist is a bit of a struggle. In Denmark and the Netherlands, the elderly cycle into their 80s especially now with the advent of ebikes and etrikes.

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    • Bombey

      21/04/2017 - 13:01

      the people living in the apartments will be local.

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      • NewburyDenizen

        21/04/2017 - 15:03

        they'll probably all be bought up by foreign investors like the racecourse apartments and used as holiday homes only when the races are on and they need a place to lay their heads and sleep off all the booze.

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      • danny2300

        21/04/2017 - 14:02

        Says who?

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      • danny2300

        21/04/2017 - 14:02

        Says who?

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        • Oldmoaner

          21/04/2017 - 16:04

          These apartments are all for rent with the developer keeping ownership.

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        • Bombey

          22/04/2017 - 11:11

          Affordable housing then.

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