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New Kennet Centre images revealed

More details have been revealed as part of the proposals to revamp the Kennet Centre into a mixed-used developed featuring shops, homes, office space and the cinema.

Lochailort Ltd

Among the changes will be a new pedestrianised street running through the heart of Eagle Quarter, providing a new way to walk from the railway station to the Town Centre, and including direct links to Market Place, Bartholomew Street and Bear Lane. It will be named Eagle Walk.

The redevelopment is said to bring an opportunity to introduce landscaping, seating, places to sit and eat, and an animated extension of the High Street directly to the train station. In addition, the new route takes pedestrians to the Corn Exchange and better ensures that all parts of Newbury can be more easily and safely enjoyed.

Lochailort Ltd

The company behind the scheme are the Centre's owners, Lochailort Ltd, and are looking to develop around 400 new homes, new low-carbon headquarters office building or alternatively a new retirement community. There will also be flexible commercial units for artisan and independent retailers.

According to Lochailort every new flat will have at least one secure cycle parking space, with an onsite repair workshop and additional cycle parking for visitors.

Reaching a height of up to eight stories, the developers anticipate that construction will start around 12 months after planning permission is approved, and take around 36 months to complete.

Lochailort say: "With the changing landscape of the retail sector and with the physical limitations and dated appearance of the Kennet Centre, it has been suffering a decline in recent years. Whilst we have managed to attract some interim interest, the long term prospects for regenerating this centre in its current form are limited as there is little or no interest in this type of retail space."

The public consultation will run from Thursday 29 October and closes on Friday 13 November. You can see the plans tomorrow (Thursday 29 October) in the Kennet Centre or online at https://www.eaglequarter.com/

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