Consultation open for Sutton town centre masterplan

January 28, 2019 2:05 pm

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Ashfield District Council invite your comments on the Draft Sutton Town Centre Spatial Masterplan.  Indeed, the consultation period runs from Wednesday 23rd January until 5pm on Friday 22nd February.  What’s more, it’s really easy to submit your comments through a variety of different mechanisms.  Read on to find out exactly how you can have your say.

What is a 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.  Furthermore, 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, at the same time, capitalises on its existing assets.

In particular, the Spatial Masterplan:

  • 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 buildings 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.

In short, 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 Ashfield District Council.

Different ways to comment

You can make your comments up until 5pm on Friday 22nd February.  You can view the draft Masterplan on Ashfield District Council’s website.  In addition, there is an accompanying paper, entitled Sutton Town Centre: Rethink, Repurpose, Remake and this is also available online.

If you prefer, you can view hardcopies of the draft Masterplan 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.

You can then either submit your comments either by using the online interactive comment form or by downloading and completing the Consultation Representation Form from Ashfield District Council’s website.  Alternatively, you can collect copies of the form at the locations listed above.  You can then either email the completed form or post it to:  Forward Planning, Ashfield District Council, Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham, NG17 8DA.

Further information

After the consultation period ends, Ashfield District Council will make responses public.  There will be a summary of the main issues raised from the consultation and details of how those issues have been addressed on the Council’s website.  You can obtain further information, or advice, by contacting the Forward Planning Team on 01623 457381 / 457382 / 457383.

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