The Cabinet had before it a * report of the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration seeking to both update members on work to date, but also critically, to provide feedback on consultation meetings held with Ward Members, Tiverton Town Council and Tiverton Town Centre Partnership that were focused around the key intervention projects to be included in the masterplan. Due to current bid opportunities and the need to ensure readiness for submissions, this report focussed on potential projects.
The Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration outlined the contents of the report stating that the purpose of the report was to update members on project work associated with masterplanning for the regeneration and investment into Tiverton town centre. The report explained the work undertaken to date as well as providing feedback on consultation meetings which focused on key sites and projects to be included in the masterplan.
Following the Cabinet report in August of last year that set out a long-term town centre recovery plan officers had continued to work on a list of key sites and projects. As part of it, officers had held a ward member briefing, a Town Council briefing and a Tiverton Town Centre Partnership meeting. Following feedback from those meetings the key sites and projects to be included in the Tiverton Town Centre Masterplan have been updated as outlined in Section 4 of the report.
It was recognised though, that within the list of sites identified, there was an emphasis on Council owned assets and there would be a need for on-going engagement with private land owners to better understand their ambitions so a more meaningful and comprehensive regeneration of the town centre could be achieved.
Consideration was given to:
· Consultation that had taken place with various stakeholders
· The improvements to the plan and the proposal for opening up of the Pannier Market entrance from Fore Street
· How members of the Town Council were very pleased with the proposals
RESOLVED that authority be given for:
1. Officers to explore the opportunities to bring forward the projects and initiatives as outlined and prioritised in this report.
2. Property Services to seek funding opportunities to be in a position to proceed with feasibility appraisal of:
a) The opening connecting the Pannier Market and Fore Street (as detailed in para 4.3), and
b) Design, scope and cost a future redevelopment of the Phoenix Lane area in association with public and private investment, should funding become available in the future.
(Proposed by Cllr R J Chesterton and seconded by Cllr D J Knowles)
Reason for the decision – to identify projects to be included in the Tiverton Town Centre Masterplan and consider funding opportunities that may arise.
i) Cllrs: C R Slade and D J Knowles declared personal interests as members of Tiverton Town Council;
ii) Cllr Mrs C P Daw declared a personal interest as a member of Tiverton Town Council and a member of the Town Centre Partnership;
iii) *Report previously circulated and attached to the minutes.