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Former magistrates court to become homes

The site is expected to be sold to a developer by October 2019

Fiona Tomas

Fiona Tomas


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THE redundant magistrates’ court in Newbury is set to be demolished to make way for 19 new homes.

The old court, on Mill Lane, has been closed since July 2016.

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, last summer. 

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 disposal strategy has been put in place for clearance work to take place and Homes England is expected to submit a planning application to West Berkshire Council for the proposed construction of 19 dwellings.

Once planning permission is in place, the site would be then be disposed of to a developer, which it is anticipated would be no later than October 2019.

A statement from Homes England read: “Homes England is responsible for disposing of public sector sites such as Newbury Magistrates Court, adding value to surplus public sector sites with development potential and speeding up their sale to help increase the supply of housing and support economic growth.

“Homes England will continue to work closely with West Berkshire council and our local partners to achieve our development proposals for this site.”

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  • hgv1driver


    12/04/2018 - 08:08

    Yes the speed limit is 20mph and weight limit is 7.5 t, Mill Lane will be a residential area and we need this enforced now, lets hope they are affordable houses


  • Oldmoaner

    03/04/2018 - 14:02

    This is a classic example of West Berkshire Vision, They could not cross Northbrook Street at 2 o-clock in the afternoon. They are out to make short term gains at the towns detriment this supported by a town council so full of its own importance they could not object if they tried. Its time for our councillors to stand up and think about the towns future rather than 2 years of easy money. This town needs families and jobs, not prisons and visitors.


  • bruin the bear

    03/04/2018 - 12:12

    Space needed for Newbury's growing high tech businesses not houses.


  • paulGT11

    03/04/2018 - 11:11

    As former government land, it should be used to provide social housing and not sold for a vast profit.


    • NewburyResident

      03/04/2018 - 13:01

      If you leave it to WBC it won't be sold but given away to developers for free


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