With high streets across the UK continuing to experience the effects of the pandemic, BDBC is taking a leading role in shaping the future of the town centre area to ensure it is a top shopping, leisure and cultural destination.
Earlier this year, the council appointed a team of experts including HemingwayDesign, Allies and Morrison and JLL, to help us shape an ambitious strategy for the town centre area and asked for your views in February and March this year on what residents, groups and businesses would like to see in the town centre in the future.
BDBC would like to thank you for sharing your views and update you on the work that has taken place.
HemingwayDesign and Allies and Morrison have taken the feedback received and have created early vision and masterplan principles which set out some ambitious short, medium and long-term opportunities to shape how the town centre can adapt for the future. These include:
- Opening up the town centre to make it more accessible, dialling up the town’s entrepreneurial spirit and ensuring the town centre is a vibrant hub during the day and night by creating opportunities for more community and cultural activities and more green spaces.
- The creation of new high quality and low carbon urban communities for those wanting to live, work and play in a central area, with a host of facilities and activities on the doorstep, including shops, parks, community space and transport links.
- To ensure the town centre continues to meet residents’ needs and brings valuable jobs to the borough, suggestions include reimagining the existing Malls building to open up the area, creating opportunities for a range of uses in addition to retail including space for community and cultural use, space for entrepreneurs, education and modernising shopfronts at the Top of the Town while celebrating the borough’s rich heritage.
- Helping to meet the borough’s challenging climate change targets and encouraging a healthier lifestyle by making the town centre more walkable and cycle-friendly by introducing new traffic zones, introducing two-way traffic on New Road, creating a new bus interchange at Churchill Way and a new multi-storey car park in New Road.
- In addition to the existing town centre green spaces, the vision is to create a ‘greener’ feel through new open spaces in Church Street and in the Top of the Town as well as new planting throughout to improve the area’s biodiversity.
You can view the results of the public engagement that took place earlier this year as well as the suggestions for the future of the town centre at www.talkbasingstoketowncentre.co.uk. BDBC are also encouraging residents, visitors, community groups and organisations and businesses to share their views on the ideas being put forward through a survey which is available until Friday 12 November.
Your feedback will be key to the success of this project and will be used to create our draft vision and masterplan to help shape our work with partners.