West Berkshire Council

London Road Industrial Estate Regeneration Project

Regeneration of the Council-owned London Road Industrial Estate (LRIE) in Newbury is part of our strategic commitment to deliver local infrastructure including employment land and some housing to support and grow the local economy. You can find out more about our strategic commitments in the Council Strategy.

Vision

By 2030 London Road Industrial Estate will be transformed into a vibrant, successful and diverse neighbourhood where people will want to live, work and visit. It will accommodate high quality sustainable developments which will better integrate the site into its surroundings, and meet the needs of existing and future residents and businesses.

Current Position

In 2019, we appointed Avison Young UK to produce a comprehensive Development Brief for the London Road Industrial Estate. A public consultation on the draft Development Brief took place between 9 September and 20 October 2020. You can view the consultation documents, feedback and decision on our consultation portal   

The final version of the pdf icon LRIE Development Brief [11Mb] was approved by Executive at a meeting on 19 November 2020

We are now engaged in moving forward in line with the next steps approved by Executive on 17 December 2020.    This includes a high level Environmental Impact Assessment to inform the procurement of a new development partner.

In the meantime, the former Faraday Road football ground site will be opened as temporary public sports and recreation space by the end of the year.   You can read more about our plans here.

Frequently Asked Questions

The London Road Industrial Estate has been the subject of many public questions submitted to our Executive. These are published as Questions and Answers alongside the minutes for each meeting, which are available through our Executive meetings browser. 

You can find our responses summarised below in a series of topic-based FAQs - please check back regularly to see the latest updates.

You can find out more about what we are doing to support outdoor sports provision in West Berkshire, including FAQs about the former football ground at Faraday Road and exciting plans for a new football ground at Newbury Rugby Club here.

History

The regeneration of the London Road Industrial Estate has been a council aspiration since publication of the 2003 Newbury Vision. It has remained a fixed item within all subsequent publications of the Newbury Vision.

Our previous attempt to bring forward regeneration with a development partner failed due to legal action brought against and fought unsuccessfully by the council between 2015 and 2018. You can find out more about this in FAQ's about the project up to 2018 [96kb] and pdf icon Commentary on the Faraday Case (12 February 2019) [89kb].

The creation of a new road junction on the A339 is a key part of the regeneration project and this scheme was completed in April 2017. You can find out more about this scheme at Strategic Economic Plan (SEP)

The £4m-scheme was part-funded by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

You can see a video of the new junction below. (This video has no audio).

Who to contact

For general media enquiries, please contact our Public Relations Team.

For specific enquiries about the London Road Industrial Estate regeneration project overall, please contact the Manager - Special Projects.

For enquiries about any element of planning related to this project, please contact Planning Policy.