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Newbury Weekly News site to be redeveloped

The Newbury Weekly News site could be redeveloped to make way for housing and office space.

An Environmental Impact Assessment has been submitted to West Berkshire Council that could see the site transformed into 82 flats and 1,523 sqm of office floor space.

There has been speculation about the future of the news organisation at Faraday Road since its printing facilities closed in January.

At the time of the print closure, Newbury News Ltd Chairman, Jeremy Willis, said in Newbury Today. "May I make it absolutely clear that the NWN, its associated publications and websites, continue to be published and produced by Newbury News Limited, which is still under control of the Willis family, whose ancestors founded the newspaper in 1867.

"We remain a family-owned business dedicated to the community we serve, representing the public sentiment in which we circulate and with news and information in which you can trust.

"It is only the location of the press that has changed."

Separately a new 'publishing of newspapers' company has been set up by current Editor of the Newbury Weekly News (NWN), Andy Murrill, with other familiar names in tow including current NWN CEO, James Gurney.

Newbury Media Ltd was registered with Companies House in February and is based on Castle Street close to Reading's Police Station.

Editor, Andy Murrill, told us the new company was a possible digital project they were working on.

Last summer, Newbury's other weekly newspaper, the Observer, ceased to be published because of falling advertising revenue.

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