|Cathedral Square, Peterborough|
If you are either wondering or worried about how Peterborough City Centre will look in a few years time or will it remain an alcohol fuelled warzone from Thursday to Sunday 3am ( as featured nightly on COP SQUAD - Pick TV and Sky TV ) and empty the rest of weekday evenings? Then Planning Department would really like to hear from you.
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Not that planning these days seems to carry a lot of weight, due to the number of questionable planning decision reverses, literally strong armed through the process by some of our councillors, who to a casual observer really are sailing so close to the wind, they are in danger of being blown over. Essentially ignoring the views of experienced planning officers, and the continuing veil of secrecy that seems to surround many major cabinet decisions. Democracy taking a back seat - again.
|Cllr Janet Goodwin might like to get a few of these in for Cathedral Square, rather than the tatty corporation green plastic planters!|
But if you would like to add your thoughts to what is proposed, a public consultation is about to get under way. To add some spice to what appears to be a lot of low grade Larkfleet style boxy housing, shots of derelict building sites, the misguided idea that expensive houses and premium office space backing onto a major railway hub is a good idea, and the prospect of many established trees and green spaces being lost; an expensive but poorly produced you tube video 'fly-through' but more a 'wade in treacle' is also offered.
The video basically tells you nothing, has no commentary, but is what is termed in the corporate video trade a 'rostrum cut and chop' It does however indicate how out of touch the development plan document now is, and how imporant this consultation is. The foundations were laid in pre-Internet shopping days when High Street retail was king and shop leases were all upward only rental deals and eagerly fought over. Not as it is now, just a series of charity shops, short-term pop-ups and boarded up shopfronts, HMV, Jessops, Comet to name but three. Life was good in pre austerity UK.
Another indicator of just how badly out of touch the scheme is shown by including plans for a cinema !!! If you think we are being particularly hard on this development project, then all we have done is lay down a few markers. The PCC has spent substantial amounts of public funding already with external consultants. The consultation is however all important and we do urge you to add your views. This is what they have said:
Peterborough City Centre Plan (Development Plan Document)
Peterborough City Council will be consulting on a new plan for the future of the city centre. The consultation draft version of the City Centre Plan sets out the council’s long-term vision and objectives for the city centre; it sets out the policies and proposals that will help direct how new development and regeneration will be achieved and how the council’s vision for the city centre will be met.
The City Centre Plan features a major extension to the city’s main retail area and a new riverside development.
Other elements include improvements to swimming and sporting facilities, a provision for a new cinema and better walkways and accessibility throughout. The plan also makes provision for an increase in the number of homes in the city centre and modern office space.
Consultation on the City Centre Plan will take place between 8 February and 21 March 2013. Full details are available at: www.peterborough.gov.uk/citycentreplan, where you can read and comment on the plan and view all supporting documents. You can also watch a video showing what the city centre could look like by 2026.
Comments on the City Centre Plan can be made:
By filling in the leaflet online,
or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by post. Address is on the consultation portal website
Copies of the City Centre Plan, leaflets with information to take away and the fly-through video will be available in all local libraries, throughout the consultation period.
Principal Planning Officer
Strategic Planning and Enabling
Peterborough City Council
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