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More homes planned for Newbury's former court

Redundant building to be sold later this year

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MORE homes than originally anticipated could be built on the site of Newbury’s redundant magistrates court.

According to Homes England – which currently owns the site – up to 25 new dwellings could be earmarked for development on the site on Mill Lane once it is disposed to a developer.

In April last year, Homes England revealed a disposal strategy had been put in place for clearance work to take place and that a planning application would be submitted to West Berkshire Council for the proposed construction of 19 dwellings.  

Homes England has since acquired a former police house next to the court building, which means six more homes than originally announced could be built on the site.

The old court, which has been closed since July 2016, is expected to be sold to a developer no later than October 2019.

It was previously owned by the Ministry of Justice, but was transferred to Homes England, a non-departmental public body for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in 2017. 

The body, which works to facilitate delivery of new homes where they are most needed, owns public land which it sells to builders and developers to help meet local priorities.

A spokesperson from Homes England said: “Homes England is committed to delivering homes where they are most needed.

“As a result the site next door to West Berkshire Magistrates Court, an ex-police house has also been acquired.

“This will enable plans for a larger development of up to 25 new homes. 

“Homes England will be carrying out additional technical and ecological surveys and studies over the coming spring and summer to ensure that plans meet local planning requirements.”

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  • Blizzard

    06/02/2019 - 11:11

    I hope they like the sounds of Police cars all through the night...

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  • dazzer

    05/02/2019 - 19:07

    I wish they would stop building flats and houses in the newbury area...they are ruining this town....it can't cope with traffic as it is. In addition the Drs surgeries and schools are buckling. I voted for brexit in the hope of removing so many foreigners.....

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    • EugeneStryker

      06/02/2019 - 14:02

      You only need to spend a short time actually looking at why surgeries and schools are buckling to understand that it isn't because there are 'so many foreigners'. EU migrants made a net tax contribution of more than £20bn+ between 2000 and 2011 and that is enough to pay for more than 80 million extra GP visits a year and EU immigrants shorten waiting lists by easing the NHS recruitment crisis. In 2018, the NHS had 3,000 fewer EEA nurses and up to 4,000 doctors are considering leaving the UK. The trouble is that you didn't bother to look, because it is easier to blame foreigners.

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      • dazzer

        06/02/2019 - 17:05

        The UK population was 14.4% foreign-born and 9.5% non-British citizens in 2017. The share of foreign-born people in the UK's total population increased from 8.9% in 2004 to 14.4% in 2017.......that is why the UK struggles with the NHS, Schools, prisons, houses and transport...........over 9 million extra people!

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        • EugeneStryker

          06/02/2019 - 18:06

          You need to take a closer look at the demographics and the age distribution based on net immigration and what you will see is your simplistic argument falling apart.

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    • dan12345

      05/02/2019 - 20:08

      As of recent statistics. EU nationals make up less than 3% of the demographics in West Berkshire. Stop reading and spreading propaganda. https://info.westberks.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=37338&p=0

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      • dan12345

        06/02/2019 - 14:02

        The WBC retrieves its source from the national census, which gets its data from form fill outs. If you cross reference this, with other forms of demographics, You will get similar data. Agree WBC should be held to account in court, no problem with that, but the demographics data have little to do with WBC.

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        • dazzer

          06/02/2019 - 17:05

          but the government lies, lies and lies again on all sort of things and so do the media - The UK population was 14.4% foreign-born and 9.5% non-British citizens in 2017. The share of foreign-born people in the UK's total population increased from 8.9% in 2004 to 14.4% in 2017............

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        • dan12345

          07/02/2019 - 13:01

          Foreign-born doesn't mean EU. From your own sources, please tell me what you believe how many EU people make up the population in Newbury. This is important because this is why you said you left the EU. NON-EU people are here due to the choices of our own government, and not necessarily to do with EU, therefore these people would be unaffected. In fact, leaving the EU may lead to more immigration from NON-EU countries to make up for the shortfall in certain jobs and skill sets, for example, nurses who have left since the Brexit vote and drastic cuts in NHS training. I couldn't say this would be the case of course. From your OWN numbers, 85.6% people are British, making up the vast majority of people. So tell me again, why are you blaming a minority?

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        • dazzer

          06/02/2019 - 17:05

          The UK population was 14.4% foreign-born and 9.5% non-British citizens in 2017. The share of foreign-born people in the UK's total population increased from 8.9% in 2004 to 14.4% in 2017

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