West Berkshire Council

New plan for London Road Industrial Estate

Council committed to regeneration of estate

London Road Industrial Estate - Newbury

West Berkshire Council today is pleased to announce the next steps in its plans to deliver an exciting and ambitious regeneration of the London Road Industrial Estate in Newbury.

Redevelopment of the London Road Industrial Estate has been a long-term vision first set out in the Newbury Vision 2025 document in 2003. It will revitalise this area of town, delivering new amenities to meet current and future needs and improving the northern gateway into Newbury.

Following a legal challenge to the appointment of a development partner, which was upheld by the Court of Appeal, a property consultant was appointed to advise West Berkshire Council on the best way to proceed with regeneration of the area.

This has been completed by Alder King and is available to read online:

pdf icon London Road Industrial Estate - Positioning Statement [1Mb]

In accordance with the advice provided, a new document, the London Road Industrial Estate Development Brief will be prepared alongside an indicative masterplan for the site.

It will set out key information including principles for redevelopment, planning policy and how the land might be used. It will also guide all development within the regeneration area regardless of whether or not owned by the Council. A public consultation on the plans will be held before West Berkshire Council makes any decision on how best to deliver the regeneration.

The process of appointing a consultant to deliver this work will begin shortly.

Preparations for regeneration have already begun with Newbury Football Ground returning to West Berkshire Council when the lease expired last summer. Since then West Berkshire Council has been working in partnership with Newbury Football Club to find a new home in the town. As a result of this a number of arrangements have been put in place: 

  • Newbury Football Club will play at Henwick Worthy Sports Ground for the 2019/20 season 
  • New changing rooms will be installed by Newbury Town Council in Victoria Park and are being funded in part, by a £45,000 contribution from West Berkshire Council
  • New football facility as part of planned investment in Northcroft Leisure centre

Until the regeneration begins Newbury Football Ground will re-open in early summer as a multi-use games area. It will open up the facility to wider community use with four pitches which can be used for a variety of sports and leisure activities such as five-a-side football, sports coaching and circuit training classes. The site, which was previously closed to the public, will be available for community use seven days a week and booked online with a fee for hire.

Work is expected to begin on the multi-use games area in the next few weeks.

Speaking about the plans for the London Road Industrial Estate, Councillor Rick Jones, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said:

"Since we first announced our plans for London Road,  things have moved on, so we'll be taking a fresh look at what we might do with this area and will invite local people to have their say on our plans.

"We are absolutely committed to delivering regeneration of the London Road area for local people. This area remains a key part of our vision for the town. It will join Parkway and the new Market Street development and become a real asset to the district.

"We are also working closely with Newbury Football Club to ensure they find the right home from which they can continue to grow and offer a great football provision." 

Keith Moss, Chairman of Newbury Football Club said:

"After a difficult year off the pitch we are glad to be working short & long term with West Berkshire Council to enable this club to progress and move forward, but most importantly, get back playing football in Newbury. We will continue to work with West Berkshire Council going forward and thank them for the help and support."

Danny Langford, Manager of Newbury Football Club said:

"We have got through this year at Brimpton, now we can look forward to progressing to the next league. My plan for the football club over the next few years is to return to step 6. I'd like to thank West Berkshire Council for their support in helping us towards this goal.

For more information about the regeneration of London Road Industrial Estate visit www.westberks.gov.uk/lrie