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Plans for former depot back on the drawing board

Proposals for 22 homes on former Travis Perkins depot the latest in a string of applications for site

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper


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Revised plans submitted to turn former depot into housing

REVISED plans to turn the former Travis Perkins depot in Mill Lane, Newbury, into houses have been submitted yet again.

The site has been subject to a number of previous planning applications stretching back as far as 2010.

The latest application, by developer David Wilson Homes Southern, is for 22 homes at the abandoned brown field site – 30 per cent of which will be affordable.

The proposed new development will comprise of a mixture of two-bedroom apartments and two- and three-bedroom houses, up to three storeys high.

Forty-four car parking spaces will be provided for the 22 proposed apartments and access to the development utilises the old entrance to the former timber yard off Mill Lane.

A new footpath link is also proposed into the Windsor Court development to the east of the site. In 2010, David Wilson Homes submitted plans for 87 homes at the site, but that application was later withdrawn amid concerns by local residents of the impact on the local road network.

Revised plans for 57 homes were submitted in 2011, but were subsequently refused by West Berkshire Council.

Scaled back plans for 37 homes were approved in 2013, but the developer later discovered the scheme was unviable.

As a result, this new application for a change of use from office to 22 residential homes has been submitted.

In its latest application, David Wilson Homes alludes to the previous problems, saying the site is providing them with a “very low profit margin” as a result of “various unfortunate circumstances”.

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  • XGreenham

    25/04/2016 - 08:08

    Profits at the expense of the community, about right for David Wilson homes formerly Trencherwoods, how many locals got stiched up by them? Something's never change in Newbury.


  • Custos planeta

    24/04/2016 - 22:10

    Is this the same David Wilson Homes that won't allow use of the bridge down the road to be used to alleviate the traffic chaos in the Hambridge Road area?


    • MarkJR84


      25/04/2016 - 08:08

      It isn't David Wilson who aren't allowing through traffic, it's the racecourse. As a resident there I have tried to get them to open it while Boundary Road is closed, but they just won' do it, absolutely no way, full stop! No point in hoping they will. There are rising bollards now which will be put into operation soon too. I think it's amazingly unfair for the racecourse to do this, they have the answer to relieve traffic hell for this year but they won't help out the town.


      • Sausages

        25/04/2016 - 09:09

        Alternatively, you could walk, cycle or take the bus. Typical mentality of the car driver who seems to think their some kind of persecuted minority.


        • NewburyDenizen

          25/04/2016 - 14:02

          I personally walk to work every day, through the racecourse, and deliberately walk over their grass, nothing like a good bit of British passive aggressiveness eh?