Before half term, a dozen Year 12 & 13 students participated in an online workshop to provide some perspective and help contribute to Newbury Town Centre’s Masterplan & Vision, supported by Hemingway Design. The aim was to gauge what young people would like in a newly developed Newbury Town Centre. Many agreed on more green spaces in the area would be a positive change and that particular areas like ‘The Wharf’ needed developing, instead of being just car parking space.
For A Level Geography students, it was a good opportunity to apply some of the theory from the ‘Changing Spaces, Making Places’ human geography topic – all about place making and how different people perceive places.
Students from schools across West Berkshire attended, ensuring a wide variety of opinions were heard. A follow up workshop has been scheduled for mid-April, to keep students updated on how their responses have influenced the development vision so far and for any further feedback in the next decision-making stage.