18 Nov Newbury focuses on Connectivity, People, Places and infrastructure
A new masterplan for Newbury is to be drawn up, it was announced at the town’s annual conference held at the Corn Exchange this week.
Nick Carter, chief executive for West Berkshire Council, announce the authority’s aim to start work next year on a new plan for the town up to 2036. The talks and presentations to around 100 guests focused on key themes.
Connectivity People Places Infrastructure
Newbury and its immediate surroundings constitute the major commercial and retail centre of West Berkshire. The local economy is inter-related to that of the eastern M4 corridor which has most of its industrial, logistical and research businesses close to Newbury Newbury is home to the UK headquarters of Vodafone, which is the town’s largest employer.
As well as Vodafone, Newbury is also home to the UK headquarters of National Instruments, Micro Focus, Stryker Corporation, Grass Valley.
Newbury – key statistics
- Newbury has one of the highest start-up rates in the UK for the digital tech sector as measured by UK Tech Nation.
- £58 million has been distributed by the Greenham Common Trust to local businesses, charities and causes.
- The town has the lowest void rate of any high street in West Berkshire.
- Work has begun on the site of the old bus station. The Market Street development will be a mix of retail and residential, including 232 flats.
James Page, from Page Commercial, commented:
” West Berkshire, in particular Newbury and Thatcham, is attracting new businesses to the area. Employees are also choosing to live and work locally as the quality of life for families and professionals is excellent. Affordable housing, good schools, better transport and local amenities make it a great place to live and work”
Newbury – Key project updates:
- Commencement of improvement works to the A4/Hambridge Road junction due to commence in January 2020.
- Completion of the £6.5m Kings Road scheme in January 2021.
- Commencement of the infrastructure work funded by £2.9m investment at the Sandleford Park project. Completion is due in September 2021.
- Completion in March 2020 of the £7.25m National Cycle Network from Newbury to Ascot.
- Investment from West Berkshire Council into an extensive EV strategy (electric vehicle) and charging network.
- The London Road Industrial Area development will be subject to a development brief; the plan is for it to become an area for employment but with some residential development.
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