Report of the Beeston Consultation Coffee Morning by Karen Attwood

Beeston and District Civic Society coffee morning, 16th May at the White Lion

Some 40+ people visited the Civic Society’s regular event this morning to hear John Delaney, Head of Property Services at Broxtowe Borough Council, introduce the latest important consultation on the next phase of Beeston developments. John had copies of ‘Beeston Square Phase 2 Plan: The Future’ (available on line at http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10320) and gave an outline of the coverage of the document, which was produced in conjunction with the Council’s Town Centre Advisory Committee. The Council are seeking as much feedback as possible over the next few weeks.

The phase 2 land, incorporating the sites of old Fire Station, multi storey car park and bus station has already attracted proposals from developers. The most ambitious, incorporating a cinema and hotel, was greeted by a round of applause.

It is clear that the feedback from this consultation will directly influence the Council’s decision making. Of course, the scope of development is limited by who comes forward with proposals and what sort of shops and entertainment developers think can be supported by the local economy; but I for one found the ambition exciting and encouraging.

 

The broad aspirations of the Plan are:

  • Promotion of an evening economy
  • 5 or 6 storey structures, to tie in with other buildings in the same area
  • Underground car parking (or none at all)
  • External or flexible space for performance/community activities
  • Interesting/appealing sustainable buildings

 

There will be additional events to publicise the plan in Beeston Square on the following dates:

  • Monday 18th May, Beeston Square  from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Saturday 30th May, Beeston Square from 10 am to 2 pm

 

The link above gives you access to the plan and the feedback questionnaire. Please ensure you have your say before the consultation closed on 22nd June!

Karen Attwood

 

Beeston & District Civic Society coffee mornings, every 3rd Saturday at 10.30am at the White Lion https://beestoncivicsociety.org.uk/

 

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