Accolade for Bakewell town centre framework
This is an archived press release
Monday 31 December 2012
A framework for the future of Bakewell town centre, funded by the Peak District National Park Authority, has been highly commended by the Landscape Institute at its 2012 awards ceremony in London.
‘A Public Realm Framework for Bakewell’ was produced by Maxim Urban Design and Evans Vettori architects in early 2012 to identify both basic and more radical improvements that could be made to the public areas of Bakewell.
Sarah Foster, area planning manager for the national park authority, explained: “The aim of the report is to ensure that the town’s streets and public spaces remain attractive and vibrant to residents and visitors, promoting the viability of local shops and services.
“The document was subtitled ‘The Gatherings’ because it identified the current lack of opportunities for people to stop and linger in public spaces in the town centre, and made proposals for more places to pause, rest, meet friends and take in the market town atmosphere.”
The Landscape Institute Awards judges stated: “This is a well-presented and thorough appraisal of public realm function, purpose and practical use. It is an appealing community-based plan with realistic priorities for delivery.”
Sarah Foster commented: “The document focuses on both aspirational, long-term suggestions for changes relating to traffic flow and car parking and, equally important, short-term proposals for paving improvements, planting, signage and street furniture.
“One benefit that has already come out of it is the formation of the Bakewell Partnership and its Built Environment working group, who will decide, with the help of local consultation, which elements of ‘The Gatherings’’ will be carried forward.”
Led by Bakewell Town Council, the Bakewell Partnership includes representatives of the national park authority, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire County Council and a range of business and community organisations including the Bakewell Traders Committee, Bakewell in Bloom, the Association of Bakewell Christians, Bakewell and District Civic Society and the Bakewell Community Interest Group.
The partnership’s other key working groups are concentrating on issues such as, heritage, natural environment, economy, employment and community issues.