POLL: Do you think the scale of the Eagle Quarter plan for the Kennet Shopping centre is acceptable for Newbury?
Revamped plans for developing the centre of Newbury have been criticised for trying to turn the town into ‘Basingstoke or Reading’.
The latest version for the so-called Eagle Quarter – which would see the Kennet Shopping centre bulldozed and replaced with blocks of flats – was given the thumbs down by Newbury town councillors despite developers claiming to have made it ‘more Newbury’.
Development company Lochailort had submitted plans to transform the centre into a high-rise, multi-purpose complex, with the highest levels reaching 11 storeys.
Following staunch objections, it reduced the height of the tallest building by two storeys, with another layer coming off the second tallest.
The number of flats has been reduced from 402 to 381, but the pedestrianised street through the centre of the development, a GP surgery and medical hub, and the units for local, independent and artisan retailers will remain.
The latest plans were before Newbury’s planning committee this week, at which Dr David Peacock of the Newbury Society said that the town’s historic streets needed to be enhanced, not compromised.
Hugo Haig from Lochailort presented to the chamber, adding that the final plans would include making the scheme ‘more Newbury’, adding that the flats would be built in keeping with the carbon neutral ambitions of the council.
What do you think about the height of the development?