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Plans for an ‘urban village’ in the heart of Newbury have been submitted

Posted on 8th March 2016 in Community Consultation - 0

Following extensive consultation, Grainger, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, has submitted a detailed planning application to West Berkshire Council to develop land between Newbury railway station and Market Street creating an attractive new gateway to Newbury with high-quality homes to meet local need and additional parking capacity for Newbury station users.

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Image shows a CGI of the view along Market Street

The application for the ‘urban village’ includes 232 residential homes, providing a mix of apartments, duplexes and houses, with 10,200 sqft of commercial space. In addition to the new homes and commercial space, these proposals provide over £8m of further improvements for Newbury by way of station car parking with additional capacity, replacement car parking for the Council offices, a new station plaza, new landscaped step free pedestrian routes through the site, replacement housing contribution and a new bus station. Furthermore, the development will facilitate the payment of a community infrastructure levy (CIL) amounting to approximately £1.53m.

The proposals are anticipated to create more than 220 new full time jobs in the next four years and, upon completion, anticipated to provide more than £4m of additional expenditure in local shops and services each year.

David Walters, Development Director at Grainger, said,

“We have had the opportunity to meet with many residents, businesses and community groups and would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to meet with us and share their views. Our final proposals are a culmination of this extensive public consultation process, and the community’s views have significantly influenced and shaped the plans. These detailed proposals have been designed with careful consideration to Newbury’s heritage, and we believe will greatly enhance this under-utilised 5.5 acre site in the centre of the town.

“Grainger is proposing the new housing is professionally managed Private Rented Sector (PRS) and affordable homes, meeting local demand and supporting growth, employment and labour mobility in Newbury. With over 100 years’ experience in owning housing, Grainger will continue to manage the buildings after construction and be focused on providing the highest quality rental homes for Newbury.”

The majority of the site is owned by West Berkshire Council and is currently a combination of parking spaces and the bus station. As part of Grainger’s proposals, a new multi-storey car park will be built and the bus station is being moved to the wharf, where planning permission was granted earlier this year. The development has been designed to ensure there is no loss of station parking during construction.

Nick Carter, Chief Executive of West Berkshire Council said,

“I am pleased that we have the planning application from Grainger. It marks a huge step forward for this important improvement for Newbury. The plan to improve this site, create a new gateway into the town and ultimately bring significant economic benefits for the whole town is a very exciting prospect. It forms a key part of the Newbury Vision 2025 which has already delivered projects such as Parkway, the cinema, and the town centre pedestrianisation. Newbury is one the best connected towns in the South, along with the investment committed by Network Rail, to have a more impressive gateway can only continue to boost its appeal.”

As part of its consultation, Grainger held a Community Planning Weekend in July 2015 to create a new vision for the site. More than 200 people took part in workshops and hands-on planning activities during the Community Planning Weekend process, and meetings were also held with local businesses, young people and community groups. In September 2015 Grainger also invited local people to the Market Street Community Forum for an update on the proposals which gave the community an opportunity to provide further feedback.

Grainger will be holding another exhibition later in March so the community can view the final proposals. The application will be considered by West Berkshire Council’s planning committee, and is expected to be determined later this year. More information can be found by calling the Freephone project information line on 0800 0126 730.

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3D model of ‘urban village’ unveiled at Market Street Community Forum

Posted on 28th September 2015 in Community Consultation - 0

On Thursday (24 September), residents of Newbury were the first to see the 3D model of the proposed ‘urban village’ development for the site between the railway station and Market Street.

The event was attended by over 6o people, including representatives of the Quakers, local businesses, and local district and town councillors along with Nick Carter, Chief Executive of West Berkshire Council.

Charles Campion, Partner at JTP said:

“We were delighted that people took the time to come and see us again for an update on the proposals. The 3D model allowed people to see how the proposed development will sit on the site, how it relates to neighbouring buildings and also showed the street layout within the ‘urban village’”.

One of the questions raised at the Community Planning Weekend in July was how the Quaker’s Meeting House would fit within the development.

David Walters, Development Director at Grainger, said:

We are very pleased with the way in which the communities involvement shaped the proposals at the community planning weekend in July.  Since then we have been looking in detail at all the technical aspects of the new master plan, and we were delighted to be able to confirm back to the community last week that we have been able to maintain their overall vision”. 

 “Part of this vision has been about retaining the Newbury’ness whilst future proofing for new investment in the town in years to come, both in architecture and character.   Our commitment to retain the Quakers meeting House for the Friends and associated groups is one example, as well as future proofing new connections east/west and to the Kennet Centre is another.  It is a delicate balance to achieve these ambitions and ensure the proposals can be delivered, so we are delighted with where we are so far and hope we can continue to work with the community and make the proposals a reality”.

The next step is for the design team at JTP to prepare a detailed planning application for the site. It is anticipated the planning application will be submitted by Grainger, the developer, to West Berkshire Council at the end of 2015.  Grainger will arrange a second community forum around this time to give the community another chance to see and comment on the proposals.

If you would like more information, including the outcomes from the Community Planning Weekend held in July, please visit www.newburymarketstreet.co.uk

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 Market Street 3D model

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Market Street Community Forum – an update on the plans for the ‘urban village’

Posted on 14th September 2015 in Community Consultation - 0

Following the Community Planning Weekend July and great feedback from the Newbury community, Grainger is inviting all local residents and business to the Market Street Community Forum for an update on the proposals for the development opportunity site between the railway station and Market Street.

The Community Forum will be an opportunity to see and discuss the latest emerging proposals, including a new physical model. The plans for a new ‘urban village’ linking the town centre with the railway station have been brought to life by way of a 3D physical model, showing how the new development would look on the site, the public open spaces it would provide, along with the pedestrian and vehicular routes proposed.

David Walters, Development Director at Grainger said:

The local community has been extremely helpful and given up their time to help shape our proposals and we are keen to involve them as the plans develop. The Community Forum has been set up to allow residents to receive updates from the project team and ask any questions they may have and we look forward to welcoming them to this forum.”

Details of the Market Street, Newbury Community Forum:

Date: 7pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 24 September 2015      Venue: St Nicolas Church, West Mills, Newbury RG14 5HG

Community Forum programme:

7pm                      Exhibition opens

7.20pm                 Update presentation of the emerging proposals

7.50pm                 Questions

8pm                      One to one conversations around the model and exhibition

8.30pm                 Close

In July, Grainger held a Community Planning Weekend, which was attended by over 200 people who provided local knowledge which has helped us create a Vision for the site at Market Street, Newbury.

The next step is for the design team at JTP to prepare a detailed planning application for the site. It is anticipated the application will be submitted by Grainger, the developer, to West Berkshire Council in autumn 2015.

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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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MEDIA RELEASE | Market Street, Newbury Community Planning Weekend 10, 11 &16 July 2015

Posted on 12th June 2015 in Community Consultation - 0

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.”

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Media Release

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.

NOTES TO EDITORS

For more information please contact

  • Charles Campion at John Thompson & Partners by email cc@jtp.co.uk or telephone 020 7017 1780 or visit www.jtp.co.uk
  • Carlene Leonard at Remarkable Group by email carlene.leonard@remarkablegroup.co.uk or telephone 07785 615 769

Grainger

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.
For more information on Grainger visit: www.graingerplc.co.uk

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.  www.jtp.co.uk

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