The first stage of public participation toward creating a Bury St Edmunds town centre masterplan has finished and a huge thank you to all that have taken part.
We have had more than 1000 responses to our issues and options questionnaire, and although these will now need to be looked at in more detail, we have already had some excellent ideas and suggestions.
Over eight weeks we have run public engagement drop in events at Bury St Edmunds market, Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, The Apex, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose – we would like to thank each of these for making us feel welcome and we look forward to returning again in the summer.
We have also attended public meetings hosted by the Moreton Hall Residents Association and the Bury Society together with the Churchgate Area Association, and would again like to thank the organisers of these for inviting us along.
Well, first of all of the responses, including all comments will be analysed in detail to see precisely what people had to say about their town. A full report containing all of the responses and comments will be published in the early summer. Links to this will be tweeted from @stedsbc and on the St Edmundsbury Borough Council Facebook page and will also feature in the local media.
All of the responses received will then be considered as we prepare a draft masterplan – a planning document which once adopted will help govern where and what type of development happens, and which can be used both to encourage investment in the town centre and to form a strategy of Council led improvements
That draft masterplan will go back out to the public in the summer, offering a chance for Bury St Edmunds residents, town centre workers, shoppers and visitors to comment and further shape what will eventually become the adopted masterplan.
We anticipate that this second stage of public engagement will be from late July and we will be planning more town centre and supermarket drop-in events to make it even easier for people to have their say. More details on this will be published nearer the time via our social media channels, the local media and on this page.
The Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan is supported by a working group comprising representatives of OurBuryStEdmunds Business Improvement District, the Suffolk Chamber in Bury St Edmunds, Bury St Edmunds market traders, The Bury Society, the Bury St Edmunds Town Trust, Bury St Edmunds Town Council, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council, working alongside urban design and town planning specialists David Lock Associates and Peter Brett Associates.