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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