Public Views Sought To Help Shape Town Centre
A public consultation is calling for feedback on ideas for major regeneration of a number of areas around Bedford town centre.
Bedford is set to deliver an ambitious programme of work focused on using publicly owned land and underused buildings and assets to regenerate Bedford town centre. As part of this a Town Centre Masterplan is being developed looking at opportunities to regenerate these areas around the town centre. The plan sets out exciting new ideas about how Bedford town centre could evolve in the future.
The suggestions put forward include:
- Better use of brownfield sites
- Improvements to the environment around the train station
- Protecting and enhancing Bedford’s historic buildings
- New homes, shops and business hubs
Local views are now being sought to help shape these ideas and the masterplan as it is developed further.
Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford Borough, said:
“These plans have been brought together working with partners across the public and private sector. They set out interesting and ambitious ideas about how we could regenerate important areas of the town, and make better use of publicly-owned land. We’re seeking public views on these early ideas as we look at options for new homes, workspaces and supporting shops.”
The plans focus on key areas of Bedford town centre including South of the River Great Ouse, Bedford Station and Queens Park. The suggestions set out to promote an attractive mix of residential, economic and community uses that support the growth and development of the town.
Details of the consultation, which runs until 31 October, are available online at www.bedford.gov.uk/ope. Information will also be available at all Bedford Borough libraries and at a special public event in Bedford town centre on the 28th October, which follows a well-attended event in the town centre on 18th October.
The plans and responses from the public will help inform the emerging Bedford Local Plan 2035.
The emerging ideas for the Bedford Masterplan will be available to view and comment on here:
Copies will also be available at local libraries across Bedford Borough
Staffed Exhibition and Consultation sessions will be held as follows:
Saturday 28th October 17 – 11.00am-3.00pm – Midland Road (Near Primark)