Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Views sought on Aldermaston Wharf Regeneration

H2O, the joint venture company between British Waterways and specialist developer Bloc, is seeking views from local people on its regeneration proposals in Aldermaston Wharf on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

H2O has prepared proposals to develop a small number of new houses on under used brownfield land at Aldermaston Wharf, adjacent the Kennet and Avon Canal. The site includes two grade II listed buildings, the Visitors’ Centre and the Toll House.

Following initial discussions with the Parish Council the proposals for the scheme will provide:

· 13 new contemporary designed homes ranging in size from 2 – 4 bedrooms

· Enhanced landscaping and public realm for the site and canal side

· Significant investment to restore and upgrade the Grade II listed Visitors’ Centre and Toll House

· Improvements to the Visitors’ Centre / tea room gardens

· Upgrading the public car park.

Aiden Johnson Hugill, development manager for H20 said: ‘H20 is keen to hear from local people and canal users on our proposals. They present an excellent opportunity to regenerate Aldermaston Wharf and bring some much needed additional investment to support the canal network and restore the Wharf’s historic listed buildings. Profits from the development would be enough to fund five sets of new lock gates, or maintain over 85 miles of towpath for a year.’

The public consultation events will be taking place on 12 and 13 July at the Aldermaston Wharf visitors centre, between 5pm -8pm.

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