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Consultation begins on Newbury industrial estate

The London Road Industrial Estate is set for a major redevelopment

London Road Industrial Estate aerial photo

Residents are invited to have their say on the regeneration of the London Road Industrial Estate in Newbury.

Regeneration of the London Road Industrial Estate will deliver new office and light industrial space in the area. West Berkshire already offers excellent opportunities for businesses but the Council is committed to doing more to support start-ups and business growth. A strong local economy will better serve local residents' needs and redevelopment will help West Berkshire keep its competitive edge.

As well as meeting a commitment made in the Council Strategy, regeneration also supports a wider regional effort to create more opportunities for businesses looking to move into the area as well as providing space for start-ups looking to get off the ground. A recent study by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership identified a need for more affordable innovation spaces within town centres in Berkshire - and regeneration of the London Road Industrial Estate will help.

Regeneration of the area has been a long-held ambition for the Council and in December, the Council commissioned a report from independent consultants on the redevelopment. The report has found that regeneration remains a viable prospect and puts forward possible options for developing a new masterplan for the area. Proposals involve either regeneration on a block-by-block basis over time or wholescale redevelopment which is done all at once.

Although options for regeneration are put forward no proposals are made with regards to the mix of office and industrial space, local amenities and housing. The development brief is an important document and now the Council, as landowner, wants to understand how the community views this area of Newbury.

A consultation has begun to provide local people with the opportunity to have their say on the plans. You can find the consultation on our consultation portal and it's open until 20th October, 2020.

In coming up with its proposals the consultants, Avison Young, spoke to existing businesses on the site as well as other local stakeholders.

Encouraging residents to have their say in the consultation, Councillor Ross Mackinnon, Executive Member for Finance and Economic Development said:

"There is huge potential from regenerating the London Road Industrial Estate; from new office and industrial space to homes and a new improved northern gateway to the town there is lots to be excited about. We recognise it is an important area of the town and that local residents and business will have a view on how we take this forward. I hope people will take a look at the plans and have their say."

As well as new business space, subject to wider consultation regeneration could also deliver up to 544 new homes on the site and provide an opportunity to introduce new active travel routes making it easier for people to travel through that part of town.

Although regeneration of the London Road Industrial Estate has been discussed for some time, it will also now support the Council's Covid-19 Recovery Strategy to help the district bounce back after a difficult few months. A priority within the strategy is to protect and maintain the economic success of West Berkshire, and this includes taking advantages of new opportunities as different markets emerge. As the redevelopment proceeds, West Berkshire Council will be making sure that the area meets future needs in the town.

To take part in the consultation visit the consultation portal.