From pedestrianisation to buses – everything you need to know about multi-million pound Bury St Edmunds masterplan
PUBLISHED: 07:33 28 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:47 28 July 2017
DAVID LOCK ASSOC
A multi-million pound blueprint for Bury St Edmunds, with a pedestrianised historic centre at its core, has been revealed.
The draft Bury town centre masterplan, which singles out eight core areas for improvement as the town grows, has been shaped by the 1,100 people who told St Edmundsbury Borough Council what they felt the town needed.
The result, which includes removing busses and traffic from behind the Arc shopping centre and the creation of a pedestrianised Cornhill and Buttermarket, hopes to build on the “incredible” success of the town as a centre for shopping and tourism.
Borough councillor Alaric Pugh, who chaired the Bury masterplan working group, said: “This is the result of what 1,100 people told us they wanted for Bury.
“It is not going to happen overnight, but this is a framework for where Bury is heading in the next 15 years.”
The plan, after further consultation, is hoped to be adopted by the end of this year. It will form a legal planning document, guiding developers and councils on how the town should be developed.
Mr Pugh added: “The population of Bury and the surrounding area is set to increase drastically,” he said. “The job of the masterplan is to ensure this that our town centre is ready for growth and can welcome people by car, public transport, bicycle or on foot.”
Matthew Lappin, partner of David Lock Associates, who drew up the plan, decided to ditch the “reams of paper” approach for the plan – instead a large two-sided sheet, with a map showing the eight key areas on one side and clearly defined objectives and explanations on the other.
Mr Lappin said they have put forward an “exciting and innovative” plan, with making the whole town centre, from Parkway to Ram Meadow, a great place to live, shop and work, while respecting the historic heritage.
The reduction of traffic is a key part of the plan, with a cleaner less-polluted and safer town centre high on the agenda.
David Nettleton, Bury councillor and working group member, said the idea of pedestrianising the Cornhill was “great for business”.
The key areas for development
• Cornhill, Buttermarket and Arc – pedestrianisation, extending up from Abbeygate Street. St Andrews Street South closed to busses
• Northern Gateway – the route from railway station to the town is set for a makeover, with greenery and commercial development
• St Andrews Quarter – major redevelopment. Bye-bye ugly buildings and hello to modern retail space
• Churchgate/Westgate grid – Preserve the 350 listed buildings. Angel Hill will remain a car park
• Ram Meadow – shuttle services and better access to town centre. Continue with aim to redevelop football ground
• Parkway – better access all round
• Kings Road/Robert Boby Way – connect to the Arc and more commercial space
• Lark and Linnet riverside – connect Abbey Gardens to Ram Meadow and expand into Eastgate Nursery.
How to have your say
To take part in the consultation go to www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/uk/bsemasterplan (the link goes live on Monday)
Public engagement events offering people the chance to find out more and talk to some of the project team, will be held on:
• August 3, 10am to 7pm – Sainsbury’s, Bedingfeld Way
• 5 August 5, 7.30am to 4pm – Bury St Edmunds Market
• 10 August 10, 10am to 5pm – Leisure Centre
• 11 August 11, 10am to 7pm – Tesco, St Saviours Interchange
• 16 August 16, 7.30am to 4pm – Bury St Edmunds Market
• 16 August 16, 6pm to 8.30pm – The Apex, Charter Square
• 19 August 19, 9.30am - 5.30pm- Charter Square, the arc
• 22 August 22, 10am to 5pm – Library, Sergeants Walk
• 23 August 23, 10am to 7pm – Asda, Western Way
• 24 August 24, 10am to 7pm – Waitrose, Robert Boby Way
• 28 August 28, 10am to 4pm – Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival (The Apex)
There will be permanent displays throughout the consultation where people can find information and complete hard copies of the questionnaire. These will be at:
• The Apex
• West Suffolk House
• Leisure Centre, Beetons Way
Information leaflets and contact cards with the online links will be available at:
• CAB Risbygate Street
• Moyse’s Hall Museum
• Bury St Edmunds Town Council offices
• The Athenaeum
• Skyliner Leisure Centre
• St Edmundsbury Cathedral information point
• Haverhill Arts Centre
More information will be posted throughout the consultation period on Twitter from @stesbc #bsemasterplan and Facebook at StEdmundsburynews