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Posted on 3rd June 2015 in Community Consultation - 0

The local community is invited to the Market Street, Newbury Community Planning Weekend to inform the drawing up of an illustrative masterplan for a sustainable new neighbourhood.

Newbury’s vibrant town centre is a key focus of West Berkshire Council’s Local Plan, which aims to retain the town’s market heritage whilst improving local infrastructure and renewing commercial uses and housing.  As part of this strategy, the Market Street area has been identified as a future ‘urban village’: a mixed use, but predominantly residential area, with greatly improved pedestrian links between the railway station and the town centre. The site is located between the railway station and Market Street and includes the existing bus station and council car park. It can accommodate at least 200 homes, along with small units for mixed uses and increased parking provision.

Grainger Plc has been selected to develop the site and has appointed architects and masterplanners John Thompson & Partners (JTP) to work with the local community to develop a Vision for the site.

The Market Street, Newbury Community Planning Weekend will be an opportunity for the community to share local knowledge and contribute to planning the new neighbourhood through workshops and hands-on planning groups. There will also be an exhibition explaining the background of the site. Participation is on a drop-in basis – there is no need to pre-register – and participants can stay for a short while, a few hours or the whole event if you are able to. Team members will be on hand to answer questions and discuss any points or comments raised throughout the two public workshop days.

Following the public workshop days, the JTP led team will analyse and summarise the outcomes and draw up a new Vision for the site, including an illustrative masterplan. This will be presented to the local community 16 July, 7PM at St Nicolas Church.

Following the Community Planning Weekend, the design team will move forward to prepare an outline planning application for the site, which it is anticipated will be submitted to West Berkshire Council at the end of 2015.


For more information please contact

  • Charles Campion at John Thompson & Partners by email or telephone 020 7017 1780 or visit
  • Carlene Leonard at Remarkable Group by email or telephone 07785 615 769


Grainger plc is the UK’s largest listed residential property owner and manager, with c.20,000 homes under management across the UK and Germany. Grainger was established in 1912 in Newcastle upon Tyne, where it remains headquartered. Grainger is a constituent of the FTSE 250 on the London Stock Exchange and the FTSE4Good index. Grainger was awarded the UK’s Residential Asset Manager of the Year at the RESI Awards in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.
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John Thompson & Partners (JTP)

JTP is an international placemaking practice of architects and urbanists with extensive experience of delivering successful projects for both public and private sectors throughout the UK and internationally.  JTP use participatory techniques that have been pioneered and honed over two decades to build collaborative Visions for projects with the very people who will go on to use them.

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