Wednesday 23rd January – until 5.00pm Friday 22nd February 2019
Comments are invited on the Draft Sutton Town Centre Spatial Masterplan.
The proposed Spatial Masterplan will provide a refresh and update of the 2007 Masterplan for Sutton in Ashfield (and Kirkby in Ashfield) undertaken by ARUP.
The updated Sutton Town Centre Spatial Masterplan aims to provide a high-level framework for future investment and development which maximises the opportunities for Sutton and capitalises on its existing assets. In particular it:
- Provides a consensus and common understanding of Sutton Town Centre as a place – its character and identity.
- Establishes a clear Vision for Sutton Town Centre to guide its development and improvements to 2029.
- Provides clear design principles for subsequent new development / projects with an emphasis on sustainability.
- Identifies sites and building where redevelopment and improvements will be encouraged.
- Aims to improve links to and within the Town Centre for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.
- Sets out how developments/projects and initiatives could be delivered, who would be involved in delivery, how they might be funded and by what mechanism.
- Provides an evidence base for the emerging Local Plan.
The Masterplan is not inflexible or prescriptive, and it is not intended to provide detailed projects or design solutions. Nor does it represent a commitment to funding by the District Council.
Statement of document availability
Comments can be made up until 5.00pm Friday 22nd February 2019.
The draft Masterplan can be viewed on the Council’s website – www.ashfield.gov.uk
Hardcopies of the draft Masterplan are available to view during normal opening hours at the following locations:
- Main District Council Offices at Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield.
- District Council Offices at Watnall Road, Hucknall, and Brook Street, Sutton in Ashfield.
- Sutton, Huthwaite, Skegby, Kirkby, Selston and Hucknall libraries.
Comments can be made by either:
- Using the online interactive comment form at: ashfield.gov.uk/consultation
- Downloading and completing the Consultation Representation Form from the Council website (copies of the form can also be collected from the above locations). The completed form should then be either emailed to: email@example.com or posted to: Forward Planning, Ashfield District Council, Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham, NG17 8DA.
Responses will be made public and a summary of the main issues raised from the
consultation and how those issues have been addressed will be made available on the
Council’s website in accordance shortly after the close of the consultation.
Further information, or advice, can be obtained by telephoning the Forward Planning Team on 01623 457381 / 457382 / 457383 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Sutton Town Centre – Rethink, Repurpose, Remake
Overview The purpose of this paper is to provide a broad economic overview to the Spatial Masterplan for Sutton Town Centre, which is subject to public consultation. Any comments received on this paper will also be taken into account when the final Sutton Masterplan is produced in March 2019. We are living in a time of dramatic structural change in our town centres, brought about by factors largely out of local control: • Out of town retail parks, with free parking and which offer a broad mix of retail and leisure, continue to create new destinations to the detriment of traditional centres; • Technological changes have over the past few years, seen a major shift to on line shopping, in many cases, negating the need for bricks and mortar. This is likely to continue; • The national business rates’ regime has hampered start-ups and has driven other retailers from the high street; • Prevailing economic conditions since 2008 have led to many high profile national retailers either going into administration or undertaking financial restructuring at a cost of thousands of jobs; • Consequently the number and type of shops being occupied in town centres has continued to decline and/or change at a faster rate than ever before. The structure of town centres has changed from a simple goods’ transaction to a more complex mix of retail, leisure, food and drink, events, commercial, residential, health and education.