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Plans for 'Indie' shops in Market Street development

Retail units in flagship scheme will be ideal for local businesses, developer says

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Plans for 'Indie' shops in Market Street development

DEVELOPER Grainger said it wants independent retailers to occupy the commercial units included in theMarket Street scheme.

Nine new ‘flexible’ retails units have been proposed  for the flagship scheme, which is set to be completed by the summer of 2021, Grainger confirmed this week.  

The latest update on the 232-home ‘urban village’ development also specifies that the project – a partnership between West Berkshire Council, Grainger and Network Rail – will be carried out in five phases.

Grainger will take possession of the site in December once West Berkshire Council has opened the new bus station at the Wharf, before a proper start on site is made in January 2019. 

The work will involve dramatically altering the town’s southern gateway with a series of multi-storey apartment blocks built between Newbury railway station and Market Street.

The scheme will also provide a 497-space multi-storey car park, 180 resident parking spaces, new parking provision for the Quaker (Friends) Meeting House, an improved station approach road and a new echo circle in its existing location north of the council offices.

The latest update on the flagship scheme was given by Grainger representatives Chris Fletcher and Rebecca Crow at the conference.

Ms Crow told delegates the retail units would be a “range of sizes”.  

She said: “We’re really keen to get independent businesses, so we’d be keen to talk to anyone with any ideas people have for what would make a great use of the units on the site.”  

In September, Grainger appointed ENGIE Regeneration as the main building contractor for the scheme, which will deliver 232 rented flats in buildings up to six-storeys in height, intended for the private rental sector.

A 490-space multi-storey car park is also being built on the site of the current bus station, for station users and council workers.

The first phase, from January to April 2019, will involve demolishing the existing buildings on site and preparing a temporary car park for station customers and council staff.

The temporary car park will be open around April 2019, by which time construction works will start including the new multi-storey car park and first three residential blocks alongside the council offices.

Once the multi-storey car park is complete and in operation, which is anticipated for March 2020, the temporary car park will be closed down and construction on the rest of the start will be able to begin.

The first residential homes will be complete in January 2021 on the west of the site and construction access will be from Market Street.

The rest of the homes and the public ground areas will be completed in phases, with the scheme complete by the summer of 2021.

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  • Bombey

    07/11/2018 - 13:01

    Don't vote Benyon - many workers get free parking provided by their employer...WBC is no different...

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  • grumpy

    06/11/2018 - 15:03

    Stop calling it "Urban Village" - it sounds awful. Maybe Gateway village. and where are they getting the room for all those parking places. ?? Hope they are big enough to fit a car in, as a lot of car parks are not

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  • spikey

    spikey

    06/11/2018 - 09:09

    no food outlets or hairdressers or nail bars too many in newbury town o yes no more coffee outlets either we need more men cloth shops/stores in newbury no bars either would like to see a model store in newbury as newbury does not have a hobbycraft so that would be nice to have in newbury. sort newbury out

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    • Bombey

      06/11/2018 - 12:12

      well - there you go Spikey - chance in a lifetime. Why not take the plunge & open your dream model shop...?

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      • Tommy

        06/11/2018 - 18:06

        I expect Spikey would find it a lot easier & would be very grateful if you could help with the extortionate rent & rates he will no doubt be expected to pay !!

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      • spikey

        spikey

        06/11/2018 - 16:04

        Bombay might just do that might open up two as I can afford to do so ( NOT)

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        • Bombey

          07/11/2018 - 13:01

          Or you could support one of the the craft/hobby shops which are already open in town...

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        • spikey

          spikey

          07/11/2018 - 21:09

          bombey i would if they sold what i need or would like to buy instead i have to use public transport to get to and from basingstoke each time,the ones you on about in town are for needle work or painting non sales models or the special paints that i use, which hobbycraft does. if the hobby and craft shops did then i would be spending more time in them and spending money there. if that was to happen then i would be happy too....so what shops/stores would you like to see. then bombey

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        • Tommy

          09/11/2018 - 14:02

          I buy most of my stuff i.e. balsa / paints / radio gear etc. online. Otherwise there's a small shop in Pickets Piece (Andover), or a large one ( like we could do with in Newbury ! ), in Swindon. No good if you can't drive though obviously.

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        • Bombey

          09/11/2018 - 00:12

          Good question - Can't think of anything I'd really like to see in town to be honest.

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