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8 Oct 2020
Notice of Consultations: Kirkby Town Centre Spatial Masterplan – Shaping Kirkby’s Future & Stations Masterplans (Kirkby & Sutton Parkway)

Monday 5th October – until 5.00pm Monday 2nd November 2020

A public consultation on these documents was held in March 2020 but was paused due to the pandemic. This consultation extends the opportunity for local residents and organisations to give their views. Responses to the March consultation have been considered and incorporated as appropriate into the masterplans.

Comments are invited on the Draft Kirkby Town Centre Spatial Masterplan – Shaping Kirkby’s Future, and also the Draft Stations Masterplan (Kirkby and Sutton Parkway).

 

  1. Draft Kirkby Town Centre Spatial Masterplan – Shaping Kirkby’s Future

The proposed Kirkby Town Centre Spatial Masterplan will replace the Masterplan for Kirkby in Ashfield (and Sutton in Ashfield) undertaken by ARUP in 2007. The updated document aims to provide a high-level framework for future investment and development which maximises the opportunities for Kirkby and capitalises on its existing assets. In particular it:

  • Provides a consensus and common understanding of Kirkby Town Centre as a place – its character and identity.
  • Establishes a clear Vision for Kirkby Town Centre to guide its development and improvements to 2030.
  • 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.

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.

 

  1. Draft Stations Masterplans (Kirkby & Sutton Parkway)

Ashfield District Council is seeking public feedback on proposed new plans to allow the Kirkby and Sutton Parkway station locations to respond positively to the benefits of potential plans to reopen the disused Maid Marian Line for passenger trains. As part of the plans, the two stations could receive significant upgrades, which would include improving accessibility. It is hoped that the railway line link could link with the proposed HS2 station at Toton, meaning travellers in Kirkby and Sutton could access the high speed route.

The Station Masterplans in particular:

  • Show how the potential improvements in and around the stations could be capitalised on to create enhanced places and better connectivity for local residents.
  • Consider the sense of arrival at each of the station and identify sites for development around the stations, along with opportunities for public realm improvements.
  • Provide a framework for future private / public investment in the areas around the stations

The Masterplans are not inflexible or prescriptive, and are not intended to provide definitive projects or design solutions. Nor does it represent a commitment to funding by the District Council. Please note that the Masterplans document should be read in conjunction with the Maid Marian Line Economic Impact Analysis report -Ashfield Benefits report June 2020.

 

Statement of document availability

Comments can be made up until 5.00pm on Monday 2nd November 2020. The documents are available to view on the District Council’s website athttp://www.ashfield.gov.uk/consultation

 

Consultation Responses

As part of the consultation, a prize draw of £100 will be offered to one lucky respondent who completes the consultation comment form. The winner will be drawn at random.

Comments can be made by either:

  • Using the online interactive comment form at: Online consultation form, or
  • Downloading and completing the Consultation Representation Form from the Council website here .The completed form should then be either:-

o   Emailed to: localplan@ashfield.gov.uk, or

o   Posted to:  Forward Planning, Ashfield District Council, Council Offices, Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, 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:

Further information, or advice, can be obtained by telephoning the Forward Planning Team on 01623 457381 / 457382 / 457383 or by emailing localplan@ashfield.gov.uk

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