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Representations on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - Town Centres and Retail

Representation ID: 13125

COMMENT Suffolk Coastal District Council (Mr Mark Edgerley)

Summary:

Options for town centres and primary shopping areas and options for primary and secondary frontages will be issues that also face Suffolk Coastal. There will be merit in exploring the opportunity for a joint retail hierarchy across the authorities within the Functional Economic Area to ensure that they collectively meet the needs of communities (a similar approach advocated for a combined Settlement Hierarchy).

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Representation ID: 13038

COMMENT Sproughton Parish Council (Mrs Susan Frankis)

Summary:

Q45 - 50
As the JLP recognises, retail requirements continue to change, driven in large part by evolving shopping habits and the growth of leisure businesses and food outlets.
While limitations are required it is self evident that failure to adapt to market requirements leads to malaise and loss of business to other locations.
Town centres lose business to a range of out of town enterprises, from farm shops to rural retail developments. Flexible, mixed use allocation seems essential if the vitality of our local centres is to be preserved. Parking and access remain a critical issue and with older segments of the population also having significant disposable income maintaining good transport links and appropriate access is increasingly important.
There is a possibility to use commercial sites for retail but these would best be suited to convenience retail than comparison which better reflect the town centre experience.
Impact assessments on retail sites of 2500m2 would appear appropriate in relation to Ipswich, but for the smaller market towns 400m2 would appear more appropriate.

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Representation ID: 13024

COMMENT Ipswich Borough Council (

Summary:

The Local Plan needs to recognise the regional role of Ipswich and its town centre in particular when deciding on retail policies and allocations. There is a strong relationship between the Copdock Interchange Park and Ipswich Town Centre. The National Planning Policy Framework emphasises the need to promote competitive town centre environments and the health of Ipswich town centre is a great concern to the Borough Council, which is actively promoting positive policies in its Local Plan to ensure the town centre remains a strong retail and leisure destination.

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Representation ID: 12808

OBJECT East Bergholt Parish Council (Valerie Ayton)

Summary:

Proposals for town centres appear to be just about retail? What about hubs of tourism, local cultural activity, etc?

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Representation ID: 11786

COMMENT Councillor Frank Lawrenson

Summary:

I fully support the proposals to regenerate the Hamilton Road area in Sudbury and introduce a cinema. I would also like to see planning and licensing changes to allow for many more cafes and bars that can spill onto the street. This will have the effect of drawing in more people and better shops.

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Representation ID: 11609

COMMENT South Suffolk Constituency Labour Party (Ms Emma Bishton)

Summary:

We wish to see thriving town centres, and functional clusters of villages, each
supported by more frequent and more affordable public transport. We would
like to understand what the council has learnt from the Portas review (and other
recent reviews about town centre development), and considers relevant to
Sudbury, Pinewood and Hadleigh.

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Representation ID: 11558

OBJECT Annette Powell

Summary:

* Call for sites did not actually bring forward any retail sites however there is a massive oversupply of Commercial sites that could accommodate Retail/Leisure parks if growth projections realised.

* Retail policy inclined towards town centre growth, however as a rural community this is impractical without improved parking or an efficient transport network.
* We would support the use of the considerable oversupply of commercial sites coming forward as retail/leisure parks or even housing, especially where those sites are brownfield and have little community/environmental impact.

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Representation ID: 11350

OBJECT Sproughton Playing Field (Damian Lavington)

Summary:

* Retail policy inclined towards town centre growth, however as a rural community this is impractical without improved parking or an efficient transport network.

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Representation ID: 11117

COMMENT Peter Warren

Summary:

The absence of retail sites is disappointing, especially given the large number of residential units included in the plan. Again, cf economy, contributing to a financial burden of creating and improving infrastructure to provide town centre access.

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Representation ID: 10995

COMMENT Babergh Alliance of Parish & Town Councils (Helen Davies)

Summary:

As the JLP recognises, retail requirements continue to change, driven in large part by evolving shopping habits and the growth of leisure businesses and food outlets.

While limitations are required it is self evident that failure to adapt to market requirements leads to malaise and loss of business to other locations.

Town centres lose business to a range of out of town enterprises, from farm shops to rural retail developments. Flexible, mixed use allocation seems essential if the vitality of our local centres is to be preserved. Parking and access remain a critical issue and with older segments of the population also having significant disposable income maintaining good transport links and appropriate access is increasingly important.

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Representation ID: 10870

OBJECT Mrs Carol Marshall

Summary:

* Retail policy inclined towards town centre growth, however as a rural community this is impractical without improved parking or an efficient transport network.

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Representation ID: 10498

OBJECT Mr Joe Lavington

Summary:

* Retail policy inclined towards town centre growth, however as a rural community this is impractical without improved parking or an efficient transport network.

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Representation ID: 10432

OBJECT Wendy Lavington

Summary:

* Retail policy inclined towards town centre growth, however as a rural community this is impractical without improved parking or an efficient transport network.

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Representation ID: 10007

OBJECT Charlotte Lavington

Summary:

* Retail policy inclined towards town centre growth, however as a rural community this is impractical without improved parking or an efficient transport network.

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Representation ID: 9734

OBJECT Miss R P Baillon

Summary:

Retailers with smaller floorspace should be encouraged perhaps financially, together with what is being classed as commercial leisure facilities. Out of town retail should be discouraged as this tends to deplete the viability of the town centres and encourages the use of private transport. In all cases there needs to be an increase in public transport.

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Representation ID: 9733

OBJECT Miss R P Baillon

Summary:

It is extraordinary that Debenham, which is designated as a core village, is grouped with Eye, which is designated as: urban areas and Market Town. While Debenham can be seen as a Core Village/Functional Cluster, and seen to have a District Centre role, in no way can it be classed with the other centres mentioned in this section. Its dependent villages and hamlets have been listed as 19 in number, whereas towns such as Framlingham have 3 in its cluster. The retail provision in Debenham is limited when compared with somewhere like Framlingham and Eye and there is nowhere in the heart of the village that further retail development can take place. It would seem sensible to increase the retail opportunities in places like Stowmarket where the town centre is rundown, inadequate and depressing.

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Representation ID: 9556

COMMENT Cllr John Hinton

Summary:

When the NPPF looks at a 800 metre walk as the maximum walk to facilities, is there a need to restrict boundaries on retail? A shop will survive if it provides what its customers want within a suitable area. It is not something you can legislate / regulate for.

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Representation ID: 9555

COMMENT Cllr John Hinton

Summary:

Before fixing on targets and zones for retail and leisure in the towns, some research on where the 60% of rural residents go to shop would help!
The "Night-time Economy" and large retail are not the heart of a town but an expense.
Changing shopping patterns, a preponderance of charity shops with low or zero rates is not a good way to help town centres. Access is the key, or a computer and home delivery will destroy the high street.

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Representation ID: 9495

OBJECT Cllr John Hinton

Summary:

There is no mention of the annual monitoring reports comment which states that shop vacancies in towns are increasing, why not? If we need to enhance the town centres - who will use them when over 1/2 the housing development is in villages on the main arterial trunk routes which are quoted as ideal for commuting?

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Representation ID: 8843

COMMENT Mrs Hannah Lord-Vince

Summary:

There is a massive oversupply of Commercial sites that could accommodate Retail/Leisure parks if growth projections realised.
* Retail policy inclined towards town centre growth, however as a rural community this is impractical without improved parking or an efficient transport network.
* Option to protect retail facilities in smaller towns/villages which would appear to be an appropriate policy.
* We would support the use of the considerable oversupply of commercial sites coming forward as retail/leisure parks or even housing, especially where those sites are brownfield and have little community/environmental impact.

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Representation ID: 7989

COMMENT Mr Peter Powell

Summary:

Town centres lose business to a range of out of town enterprises, from farm shops to rural retail developments. Flexible, mixed use allocation seems essential if the vitality of our local centres is to be preserved. Parking and access remain a critical issue and with older segments of the population also having significant disposable income maintaining good transport links and appropriate access is increasingly important.

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Representation ID: 7894

COMMENT Dr Ian Russell

Summary:

Sudbury must aim the make the town centre a pedestrian area as the Mouchel report proposed in 2002. To achieve this the Sudbury area needs road infrastructure for all HGVs and as much other traffic as necesssary.

There is an urgent need is for a Sudbury Area Roads Plan. Everyone will then be able to look ahead and make changes for the future. Sudbury should aim for a centre with a good mix of business, retail, leisure, cultural and residential use.

This plan is indispensible for the achievement of the strategic vision for Sudbury town centre and Hamilton Road redevelopment.

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Representation ID: 5361

COMMENT Mrs Louise Baldry

Summary:

Retail policy appears to favour town centre growth; however as a rural community this is impractical without improved parking or an efficient public transport network

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Representation ID: 4282

COMMENT Mr John Bellwood

Summary:

Retail policy appears to favour town centre growth; however as a rural community this is impractical without improved parking or an efficient public transport network.

BDC should encourage retail outlets for all its settlements. We need to bring back the baker, the butcher and the candlestick maker to our communities. Financial incentives/subsidies should be given to those entrepreneurs wishing to improve local communities. This improves quality of life, improves health and reduces road usage.

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Representation ID: 4041

COMMENT Mr Vic Durrant

Summary:

Retail policy appears to favour town centre growth; however as a rural community this is impractical without improved parking or an efficient public transport network.

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Representation ID: 3807

COMMENT Mrs June Durrant

Summary:

* Retail policy appears to favour town centre growth; however as a rural community this is impractical without improved parking or an efficient public transport network.

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Representation ID: 1316

COMMENT Paulin Goonan

Summary:

I would like the focus to be on the Town Centre, we have a huge number of houses being built all around the town and very few of those people come into the Town Centre as there is very little to attract them. I would pedestrianise the town Centre, encourage a café culture with a cultural zone, have 45mins free parking at the Mid Suffolk controlled parking to allow people to run to the bank etc, introduce lots more greenery and open air activities. Improve the Regal. Create better links between housing estates and the town centre - more cycle tracks. Limit the number of Charity shops on the High Street - charge them business rates.

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