David Lock Associates and Peter Brett Associates have been appointed by a Working Group to produce a masterplan for Bury St Edmunds town centre.
The Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Working Group includes representatives of Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District, the Bury Chamber of Commerce, Bury Market Liaison Group, the Bury Society, the Bury Town Trust, Bury Town Council, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council.
The first stage of work will see an issues and options report prepared, to highlight what the challenges are both now and for the future of the town, plus how some of these might be addressed. That will go out to public consultation in the spring before forming a more detailed vision for the town centre which will go out to consultation in the summer.
Cllr Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Growth said: “I am delighted to be supported again by David Lock Associates, this time with the additional transport expertise of Peter Brett Associates. DLA worked with The One Haverhill Partnership on the recent Haverhill Town Centre Masterplan. What struck me most this time around was DLA’s deep understanding of the town, where Bury St Edmunds sit now, its huge sense of history and heritage, the success of its restaurant and café culture, the strength of its market, the arc shopping centre and The Apex venue. They also recognised that as prosperous as the town is like anywhere else it is not without a wide range of issues.
“For me personally, the joint tender by Peter Brett Associates and David Lock Associates also showed a commitment to a collaborative process, whereby the communities that we serve will help co-produce a masterplan to ensure that the town centre remains vibrant, interesting, attractive and accessible for many decades to come.”
Matthew Lappin from David Lock Associates said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to work with the partners and the community on this project. Bury St Edmunds have a history to be celebrated, a fantastic mix of independent and big name shops and a thriving market – all of which has seen it receive national recognition. The work that we will undertake now in partnership with the communities that live, work and visit the town centre, is about identifying and ironing out the faults, anticipating some of the challenges to our high streets that lie ahead and working to ensure the successful future of the town.
“We and the members of the Working Group, recognise that there is a fine balance between retail, leisure and cultural activities and we all want to ensure that Bury continues to be successful, attractive and accessible for everyone. We will be asking local communities, stakeholders, and the Working Group to collaborate with us in co-producing the masterplan. Key to all of this will be the two stages of public consultation and engagement, the first of which will be in the spring.”