The Task: ‘Develop options to support the town centre as a prosperous and vibrant local centre for retail, service and entertainment activity:
How do we secure the future resilience of Liskeard as a vibrant town serving the needs of people who live in the town, in the surrounding area and who visit from further afield?
Should Liskeard develop further in the future as a modern market town with a shopping centre; service hub; as well as being a cultural and a social centre?
Does Liskeard need to change its focus; does it need to get bigger – retail area stipulation of Local Plan?
What are the main obstacles to achieving greater vibrancy in the town?
The outcome should:
- Support the development of a broader integrated strategy for the town centre linking public realm and car parking management, pedestrian circulation within centre and from car parks, visitor promotion, and community safety;
- Include policies to control and enhance the quality of advertising and built environment
- Identifiy and propose policies for ‘opportunity sites’ for redevelopment
- Identify, protect and enhance space for events
- What do we know? Retail statistics & projections – how is the commercial centre of Liskeard going to develop?
- What do we need to find out (e.g. legacy work from Portas Project? CLES report) – What do we already have in place?
- How do the NPPF and Local Plan (e.g. retail allocation) support/feed into town centre policies/projects?
- Where should new businesses go? What criteria should be used to assess the viability/suitability of sites? e.g. cattle market/Taylors garage site.
- How will potential release of Cornwall Council sites/buildings through devolution create opportunities?
- Who should provide new facilities? How should new retail and other businesses be integrated into the town and its surrounding area (CNA) (see employment group)?
- What role will housing have in a future town centre? eg “living over the shop” scheme (see housing)
- Would a bigger resident population in the centre improve vibrancy/increase footfall?
- What design standards should be applied to ensure quality, energy efficiency and sustainability taking account of heritage buildings in centre (see energy, design and heritage)?
As part of the work:
- Hold engagement sessions with community and stakeholders/industry representatives
- Visit and take advice from expert sources and recognised good practice examples
- Prepare updates for reporting back to the Neighbourhood Plan Team at its monthly meetings
- Prepare a report that makes recommendations on the options for policies and proposals that the NP Team and Town Council should consider taking forward [spring 2015].
Response categories from Community Engagement (number)
- New shops (59)
- Resolve parking issues (51)
- Regeneration on empty/ old/under-used/derelict sites (33)
- Attract national chain stores (28)
- Tidy up/improve appearance (19)
- Eurospar site (17)
- Family restaurant (14)
- Retain flavour/character of town (13)
- Explore living above shops (footfall) (13)
- Attract a supermarket (13)
N.B. Need to look at fine detail of survey responses for complete picture
N.B. Proposals must have regard to economic reality, they must have a planning purpose, and be achievable
Recommended policies or proposals can be either specific (a site allocation); controlling (in a specific area something will not be permitted; or enabling (developments will be permitted under certain conditions)Share this...