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.”
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.