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Standing room only as Market Street masterplan is unveiled to Newbury community

Posted on 17th July 2015 in Community Consultation - 0

Landscaped green space proposed at the centre of the development

An artist’s impression of the proposed masterplan for the Market Street ‘urban village’ was unveiled last night (Thursday 16 July) to over 100 local residents at a ‘report back’ session organised by architects JTP and Grainger , the developer.

The masterplan, which builds on the feedback from local residents and businesses, includes a mix of homes, green spaces, a community hub and space for shops and cafes.  There is also a strong focus on pedestrian and cycle links to the town centre and the need to ensure that investment extends to help revitalise Cheap Street and Bartholomew Street.

David Walters, Development Director at Grainger said,

“We’re delighted with the designs and layout which our architects, JTP, have developed. They’ve been able to capture the comments and ideas received from the local community and present them as an illustrative masterplan in a clear Report Back Broadsheet document for everyone to see.”

“We have been very impressed with the community’s enthusiasm towards the shaping of the masterplan.  We’ve really appreciated their input.”

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The new masterplan follows a successful ‘hands on’ Community Planning Weekend where over 200 Newbury residents were given the opportunity to identify challenges and opportunities for the site.

Charles Campion, partner at JTP commented,

“We wanted the vision for Market Street Urban Village to reflect the feedback from the Community Planning Weekend. The vision complements the charm and character of the town – its ‘Newburyness’.

The workshops and walkabouts of the town centre with local people were pivotal in shaping the Vision. We will continue to work with the residents in developing the proposals.”

A key outcome from the Community Planning Weekend was to establish a community forum to allow residents and businesses to continue to participate in the development proposals for the Market Street ‘urban village’. It has now been announced that the Market Street Community Forum has been set up. The first meeting, to which everyone is welcome, will be held on Thursday, 24 September (7.00pm – 8.30pm) at St Nicholas Church Hall.

The project team will now prepare a detailed planning application for the site, which is anticipated will be submitted to West Berkshire Council by the end of 2015.

More information can be found on the project website www.newburymarketstreet.co.uk where you can view the Report Back Broadsheet which includes the illustrative masterplan.

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Local Community helps shape ‘urban village’ in Newbury

Posted on 15th July 2015 in Community Consultation - 0

More than 200 people took part in workshops and hands-on planning activities at the Community Planning Weekend process, and helped shape the vision for the Market Street site, adjacent to the station at Newbury.

The workshops, were led by architects John Thompson & Partners (JTP), on behalf of Grainger, the developer, and gave local residents, including young people, the chance to help identify the challenges, opportunities and solution for this site, as well as drawing ideas for the new ‘urban village’. Walkabouts of the town centre also took place, with groups discussing what makes the character of Newbury and how this could influence the design of the new urban village.

Fiona Crooks Smith, owner of Rainbow crafts shop, Inches Yard said, “It is fantastic that Grainger has invited the local community to help shape this exciting development, rather than presenting us with their own plans. A development on this site will bring more people into the southern part of the town centre, which would be great news for smaller, independent shops like mine. I hope the development goes ahead and Newbury residents support this opportunity to achieve a new gateway to the town centre from the train station.”

Over 5,000 leaflets were distributed to the local community and the surrounding parishes to encourage people to participate in the planning stages for this site and make a difference to this prominent ‘gateway’ to Newbury.

David Walters, Development Director at Grainger said,

“We’d like to thank everyone who gave up their time to join us over the weekend. The local insight they gave has been invaluable and we’re extremely grateful to have received so much local knowledge.

“The design team has started work on the layout of the site which we will be sharing at the Feedback Presentation on Thursday (16 July) evening. This is just the start of our consultation process and it’s important to us that we continue to receive feedback from the local community.”

“Within the site boundary is the existing Quaker’s Meeting House who we have been in dialogue with for some time, and after feedback from this event we will be able to follow up with them over the coming weeks”.

Harry Craig, 12 years old, of Trinity School participated in a workshop earlier in the week and presented his team’s ideas at the workshop on Friday (10 July).  He said,

“It’s great that we’re getting the opportunity to input now and in five years’ time we’ll be the ones benefiting from the new development.”

Following the public workshop days, the JTP led team will now 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.

If you were unable to attend the workshops but would like to find out more, you can view the background exhibition boards on the ‘About‘ page and also provide feedback to the project team via the ‘Get in touch‘ page.

A further public exhibition is planned in the autumn giving the local community further opportunity to provide feedback on the proposals as they develop. The project team will then move forward to prepare a detailed planning application for the site, which it is anticipated will be submitted to West Berkshire Council by the end of 2015.

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Local schools help shape plans for an ‘urban village’

Posted on 9th July 2015 in Community Consultation - 0
Students of Trinity School

Students of Trinity School

Local schools help shape plans for an ‘urban village’ at Market Street, Newbury

In the lead up to the Newbury Community Planning Weekend, young people from Park House and Trinity Schools and West Berkshire Training Consortium have taken part in planning workshops giving their ideas which will help shape the vision for an ‘urban village’ at the site at Market Street Newbury.

The sessions, held on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 July, were led by architects and masterplanners John Thompson & Partners (JTP) and gave young people the chance to help identify the challenges and opportunities for this site as well as considering ideas for the new ‘urban village’.

Harry Craig, 12 year’s old of Trinity School said,

“It’s great that we’re getting the opportunity to input now and in five years time we’ll be the ones benefiting from the new development.”

A fellow student, Ellie Randall, 14 years old, added,

“It was nice to hear other peoples opinions in our town.”

The local community are invited to help shape the vision for a new ‘urban village’. The Market Street, Newbury Community Planning Weekend is a series of drop-in workshops, planned on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 July and all residents and businesses in the Newbury area are being encouraged to participate.

Charles Campion, Partner at JTP said,

“It’s important to us as the architects, to make sure we hear a wide range of views and that as many people as possible are given the opportunity to participate in shaping the vison for this important town centre site.

“These were the first of many workshops to be held this week as part of the Market Street Newbury Community Planning process. I was impressed with the young people’s ideas and look forward to welcoming them along with other members of the Newbury community to the workshops and exhibition on Friday and Saturday.”

The redevelopment of the site at Market Street would allow for the improvement of links between the railway station and the town centre. The workshops will be an opportunity for the community to share local knowledge and contribute to planning the new neighbourhood and make a difference to this prominent ‘gateway’ to Newbury.

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 by the end of 2015.

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