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post Jan 26 2010, 01:21 PM
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How gratifying to see that Newbury Town Councillors have objections to the present building proposals on the grounds of air quality and traffic movement and are suggesting that the proposed new access bridge across the railway be built first before 3 years of housing developement.
This project is still too many houses in the wrong area because of overall traffic issues but at least some common sense is emerging from the planning process.


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post Jan 26 2010, 01:29 PM
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QUOTE (Bloggo @ Jan 26 2010, 01:21 PM) *
How gratifying to see that Newbury Town Councillors have objections to the present building proposals on the grounds of air quality and traffic movement and are suggesting that the proposed new access bridge across the railway be built first before 3 years of housing developement.
This project is still too many houses in the wrong area because of overall traffic issues but at least some common sense is emerging from the planning process.


It would be if the Town Council had any clout or could influence WBC planners. They, (WBC) will do what they want and will give little consideration to such subjective views if it doesn't fit the plan and is not a legal objection.
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post Jan 28 2010, 06:54 AM
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QUOTE (Bloggo @ Jan 26 2010, 01:21 PM) *
How gratifying to see that Newbury Town Councillors have objections to the present building proposals on the grounds of air quality and traffic movement and are suggesting that the proposed new access bridge across the railway be built first before 3 years of housing development.
This project is still too many houses in the wrong area because of overall traffic issues but at least some common sense is emerging from the planning process.


They've let it through with strings attached then. I expect the 'strings' are just lip service to make us doubters think they have some control over this.

RIDICULOUS, RIDICULOUS, scheme our infrastructure cannot cope as it is!! building one bridge is not going to fix it! 10,500 houses will surely equal another 25,000 people at least! and how many cars will each of those houses have??
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post Jan 28 2010, 08:54 AM
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Seems my confidence that common sense would prevail was short lived.
It would seem that permission was granted last night for 1k5 houses and the Hotel to be built on the Racecourse without any firm commitment to build the bridge and create the infrastructure to support the project before it starts.
Although I am not surprised it is a seriously ill conceived plan and time will tell how difficult this will make travelling around Newbury. It could eventually threaten the Parkway shopping projects future viability as driving in and around Newbury will be something to avoid.


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post Jan 28 2010, 02:01 PM
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QUOTE (hamster @ Jan 28 2010, 06:54 AM) *
10,500 houses will surely equal another 25,000 people at least! and how many cars will each of those houses have??


1,500 houses not 10,500


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post Jan 29 2010, 10:32 PM
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QUOTE (Andy @ Jan 28 2010, 02:01 PM) *
1,500 houses not 10,500

ooops, thank goodness for that! drama over ;-)
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post Sep 29 2013, 04:51 PM
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What do people think of living up at the Racecouse?
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post Sep 29 2013, 05:14 PM
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I'd give it a go but it wouldn't be my first choice. Can't see there is any advantage although I'm not into racing. They seem like nice apartments though - but a lot for what they are.
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post Sep 29 2013, 05:30 PM
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QUOTE (The Hatter @ Sep 29 2013, 06:14 PM) *
I'd give it a go but it wouldn't be my first choice. Can't see there is any advantage although I'm not into racing. They seem like nice apartments though - but a lot for what they are.



Fair enough!
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post Sep 29 2013, 07:53 PM
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QUOTE (Oneilly @ Sep 29 2013, 05:51 PM) *
What do people think of living up at the Racecouse?

As I understand it, the development will be going on for 10 years. If correct, you will be living on a building site for 10 years. Dust, noise, disruption. Not to mention small rooms, small gardens, yet inflated prices. Some people love new houses though.
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post Sep 29 2013, 08:55 PM
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QUOTE (newres @ Sep 29 2013, 08:53 PM) *
As I understand it, the development will be going on for 10 years. If correct, you will be living on a building site for 10 years. Dust, noise, disruption. Not to mention small rooms, small gardens, yet inflated prices. Some people love new houses though.


I agree.
I tell you nothing more annoying than waking up and finding your car is covered in dust from roadworks going on 100 yards away. So can't imagine what it would be like outside your doorstep when they're building houses.
Build the houses then sell them.
Also quality of new builds that I have seen elsewhere locally are not inspiring to be honest.


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post Sep 30 2013, 11:50 AM
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It's the nature of any new build development of more than circa 50 homes that they are built and sold in phases - it's the only finacially prudent thing to do and it's not unique to Newbury.

It's the phasing plan that's important to ensuring the quality of life for new residents.

Personally, I wouldn't put up with it so wouldn't buy one, but plenty of people seem to be snapping up new builds around Newbury - look at the Linden scheme at St Barts (Luker) - they're now virtually all sold despite being next to what looks like a military compound.

The first Racecourse phase seems to be selling well by the looks of things - unless they've only sold the road-fronting units.

I can see the bridge not being delivered....although they have done the levels work on the Hambridge Road side. I've just cancelled my membership at Nuffield, largely because it was getting to be too much of a hassle getting there - dodging functions, races, building, car boots etc
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