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Public Drop-in being held for Leale's Yard Development Framework

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Friday 10 January 2020

A public drop-in is being held on Thursday 16th January between 2-7pm at The Rock Community Church, to allow local residents, businesses and other users of the Bridge Main Centre to give their views on the area.

The D&PA are keen to hear about what it is like now and how developing the Leale's Yard Regeneration Area could improve the wider vicinity. This is the first drop-in of the project and will form part of the preparation of a Development Framework for the Regeneration Area.

'Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design' is leading the project team appointed to create the Development Framework for the 5.03 ha / 30.71 vergees / 12.43 acres site, which is bounded by The Bridge, Nocq Road and Lowlands Road, with Lowlands Industrial Estate to the north.

The aim of the drop-in is to gather a 'big picture' view of how members of the community see the site and how they think it should be brought back into use. Post-it notes and pens will be placed around the space in order to capture answers to questions including how the site could contribute to the strengths of the St Sampson and Vale Main Centre; what the community would most like to see changed or improved and the uses and activities the area needs in the future and why. Representatives from both Tibbalds and the Planning Service will also be at the drop-in to talk and listen to feedback.

Anyone who is unable to attend the session or would prefer to contribute in writing can do so by emailing planning@gov.gg by 20th January 2020.

Deputy Dawn Tindall, President of the Development & Planning Authority, said:

"This is a significant site in the heart of The Bridge, one of the Island's Main Centres and while development has been long awaited, it has the potential to deliver high quality housing and better services and amenities to serve the whole of the Main Centre area.

This is the first of four frameworks being undertaken for Regeneration Areas. These are identified areas where redevelopment is encouraged and provide opportunities for investment within a flexible and permissive planning policy framework, which will benefit the community.

"When complete, the Development Framework will set out issues and opportunities for the area and ensure that schemes are well planned from the outset in accordance with the policies of the IDP.

"This is a great opportunity for the community to get involved and share their views at the start of this project before anything is drafted. This is just the first stage of engagement before work begins to draft a Development Framework so that the community's views are gathered and considered from the outset. There will however, be further opportunities for members of the public to give feedback throughout the process."

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