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Newbury Weekly News submits plans to convert its offices into flats

Family-run paper wants to move to new building yards away from current home

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Newbury Weekly News submits plans to convert its offices into flats

THE Newbury Weekly News has submitted plans to convert its current offices into flats and move to a newly-refurbished building just up the road.

The plans, if approved, will see Newspaper House demolished and replaced with 84 apartments. 

The NWN is committed to staying in the heart of the town and plans to move into the building currently occupied by Skoda in Faraday Road, a stone's throw from where the paper is situated now.

After taking the decision to close its press hall in January and move its print operation to Cambridge, the family-run paper no longer needs a site this size. 

Newbury Weekly News chief executive James Gurney said: "Now that our press hall has closed, our current site in Faraday Road is simply no longer suitable for our needs as a thriving newspaper and digital media business. 

"We remain totally committed to Newbury and will move to a building that we own next to our current site on Faraday Road once current tenants Marshall Skoda move out in the summer.

"We are very excited to be moving to newly-refurbished offices in the heart of the town and look forward to welcoming customers there later in the year.

"We believe our plans for new homes and office space on our current Faraday Road site will be a boost for local housing and jobs and will be a much better use of the land than a half-empty former print works."

For full details on the plans, pick up a copy of this week's Newbury Weekly News, out on Thursday. 

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  • Old and Grumpy

    31/05/2018 - 14:02

    Where are all the people who are going to move into these flats coming from?!?! Has anyone considered the people who actually put their life on hold to save the deposit, to buy one a few years ago- who now can't sell it without losing equity? The market is SATURATED!!!


  • Tommy

    17/03/2018 - 12:12

    Flats eh, what a novel idea !!


  • paulGT11

    14/03/2018 - 14:02

    Committed to the Town, but get rid of local jobs by moving the printing to Cambridge. For a paper that is only circulated in Newbury, why print it in Cambridge and spend a fortune in Fuel transporting it back to Newbury. Now they want to turn a handsome profit by selling the land to a greedy developer. Should only be done if it is ALL truly affordable housing.


    • PhilW

      15/03/2018 - 18:06

      Surely as much fuel would be used bringing the newsprint, ink etc to Newbury to print it here? No one was complaining when papers from all over the south of England were being printed in Newbury.


  • bruin the bear

    14/03/2018 - 13:01

    well said John Bull, we need more industrial and office space not more flipping slummy flats. We are building slums of the future and forgetting the local economy-at our peril KR Peter


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