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POLL: Do you like the new plans for the Kennet Shopping centre?

Do you think 400 homes, 30 shops and a headquarters office in a mixed‐use development is the right idea?

Future of Newbury's Kennet Shopping centre revealed by new owner



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The future of the Kennet Shopping centre, which could result in 400 homes and a new headquarters office, were revealed earlier this week.

Lochailort Newbury Ltd has announced a public consultation on its comprehensive regeneration plans that it says will transform the old, outdated shopping centre into a new, vibrant, mixed‐use, high-quality development.

The new-look centre will be known as Eagle Quarter, after Plenty's Eagle Iron Works founded on what is now the south side of the Kennet Shopping centre, in a project to be one of the first ‘shopping centre to town centre’ regeneration initiatives in the county.

Taking inspiration from the town’s heritage, the mixed‐use project will combine around 30 new flexible shops, restaurants and co‐working spaces with a focus on independent, local and artisan businesses.

The plans also include enhancements to the existing cinema and food area, plus improvements to the existing multi‐storey car park including additional parking spaces and Electric Vehicle charging points. 

Accompanying the shops, around 400 multi-family new homes, including a significant proportion of purposely‐designed for rent are included in the scheme.

A new headquarters office building or a retirement living community are also being proposed. 

New pedestrianised streets providing new links between the town’s railway and bus stations and the shops in Northbrook Street, and encompass new public spaces to open up the town centre are also included.

The company said the regeneration scheme would minimise fossil fuels and use a range of renewable energy solutions which will save at least 240 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. 

The public consultation launches on Thursday at along with an exhibition opening the same day in the Kennet Shopping centre. 

Lochailort will consider the public feedback and intends to make a formal planning application to West Berkshire Council before the end of the year.

So what do you think of the plans? Vote in our poll.

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  • Jane-Mack

    29/10/2020 - 11:31

    Why do you always run these polls too early? The plans were only launched this morning!