From early 2020 a new exciting town centre will be delivered, offering something for everyone.
We want to ensure the creation of a vibrant long-lasting town centre with a variety of shops, cafes, community and commercial business space. A range of cultural and leisure uses will draw residents and visitors to the heart of the town, making it a destination where people come to dwell, not just to shop or eat. Retail and leisure units will be intermingled with the entertainment spaces, along with the Makers Market start-ups business hub, office accommodation and a flagship supermarket.
Getting in and out of the town centre will be made easier, with the introduction of a new transport hub. There will be an enhanced bus service to surrounding villages and roads; new car parking will be added, with most of the spaces within the new buildings.
Phase 1 –Plans for this phase include new shops, cafes and office space; a Makers Market including business space, a community hub and heritage centre as well as a covered market hall; the proposed new leisure centre with six lane swimming pool, fitness centre and studios; a six-screen cinema and new theatre in the former Sergeant’s Mess; a landscaped ‘Arrival Square’, ‘Town Square’ and ‘Town Park’; Energy Centre; residential apartments and maisonettes; and supporting transport options e.g bus stops.
Phase 2 – A scheme which brings additional shops, a new hotel and spa and a restaurant quarter will follow on from phase 1.
Our vision for the town centre will be revealed this Autumn and we will seek your opinion to help us shape this key element of the Masterplan.