The second phase consultation workshops were held on 21 September and 7 October 2013.
All the boards and materials from the consultation event are available to view on the workshops page here.
The key recommendations made in the report are:
Recommendation 1: For the Third Stage Consultation, provide more detail on specific elements of the proposed scheme, such as housing, transport, traffic and connectivity, building styles and materials, creative and business workspaces, flood defences and environmental sustainability. This should be provided in accessible formats, such as one page handouts and / or videos, which can be also viewed on the website. This will enable generalists and those with specific knowledge to provide more informed comments and feedback.
Recommendation 2: The design should avoid uniformity and have a mix of styles. Where possible, buildings should be designed using traditional, local materials and there should be sufficient greenery, green spaces and play areas for children and young people, in particular.
Recommendation 3: The “shared space” concept is well supported and should be retained. However, this needs to be clearly signed and made safe for all users. There should either be separate pathways for cyclists and pedestrians, or they should be wide enough to accommodate both.
Recommendation 4: The design team should continue to work closely with residents in the immediate neighbourhood to achieve the right traffic flow solutions and to address on-going concerns.
Recommendation 5: The approach to the riverside pathway seems to be largely welcomed, with a mix of styles and viewing points that complements the east side path; is attractive to different users; and which addresses flood risk measures.
Recommendation 6: The existing target of 30-35% affordable housing should be the minimum and, if possible, this should be increased subject to viability. If possible, ways should be found to ensure that homes provided on the development are accessible to younger and older local people.
Recommendation 7: Plans for a cinema and/or hotel need to be considered in conjunction with other proposed developments in the town. There may be a need for alternative entertainment/leisure uses, if these other developments are approved.
Recommendation 8: The development should find some way of accommodating artistic and other small, independent businesses that is sustainable and viable and which retains a creative community on the North Street Quarter.
Recommendation 9: The approach to “sustainability” should be re-stated more clearly and convincingly, with a particular emphasis on how the development embraces renewable energy.
The Democratic Society are providing independent facilitation for the consultation events for the North Street Quarter redevelopment. If you have any questions, or any problems downloading or reading the documents, please drop the Democratic Society a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.