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Department store objects to Waterside Centre redevelopment

The owner of Camp Hopson "objects strongly" to the proposed redevelopment of the Waterside Centre in Newbury.

The proposals for the Northbrook Street Youth Centre include refurbishing and extending the existing facility to bring the building in line with present day standards and regulations, whilst adding value to the Waterside Youth Centre and enhancing the experience for the growing community.

A new climbing tower features as part of the proposals, along with a new viewing café for public use with views overlooking both the main hall and the River Kennet.

In their comments to West Berkshire Council, Morleys Stores Ltd, said: " The proposed development and in particular a 14.5 metre tower immediately adjacent to the Camp Hobson Furniture store has an unacceptable massing which is totally in contrast to the existing youth centre."

Adding: "Morleys Stores Ltd are currently in the process of considering the refurbishment or potential redevelopment of the Furniture Store and this would be dramatically affected by this new proposal."

They also recently objected to the opening of the Cobrizo Lounge in the former River Island unit.

In relation to the Waterside Centre, Morleys additionally said: "This application shows scant regard for both the existing furniture store and the opportunity to create a comprehensive redevelopment of this location and as such will be to the detriment of Newbury."

You can have your say on the plans by visiting the West Berks Planning portal and searching ref 19/01672/FUL

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