The local community is invited to the Market Street, Newbury Community Planning Weekend to participate in creating a new Vision for a new ‘urban village’ improving the links between the town centre with the railway station.
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 appropriate commercial and retail uses and improved car parking for users of Newbury railway station. Station improvement works are also planned.
Grainger plc, one of the UK’s leading residential property companies and the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, has been selected to develop the site and has appointed architects and masterplanners John Thompson & Partners (JTP) to work with the local community to create 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, walkabouts 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.
Market Street, Newbury Community Planning Weekend
When: Friday 10 July 2015, 1.45PM-7.00PM and Saturday 11 July 2015, 10.45AM-4.00PM
Where: Council Chamber, West Berkshire Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD
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 at the Report Back presentation on 16 July 2015, 7.00PM-8.30PM at St Nicolas Church, West Mills, Newbury RG14 5HG.
Following the Community Planning Weekend, the design team will move forward to prepare a detailed planning application for the site, which it is anticipated will be submitted to West Berkshire Council in Autumn 2015.
Charles Campion, Partner at JTP said: “The Market Street site occupies a key town centre location and provides an opportunity to create a high quality ‘urban village’ connecting the station with the town centre. We hope that as many people as possible will come along to the Community Planning Weekend on 10 and 11 July to participate in creating a new Vision for this important site.”