The report included detailed analysis / review of local economic issues, business, employment and retail needs within the town and a broad overview of wider catchment area. The team was also tasked with identifying potential funding / investment options, including local, regional and central government funding and well as other sources of private / public investment or funding opportunities.
Extensive local and community engagement was undertaken and the feedback included in the review and design process with working group and stakeholder meetings as well as separate public consultations.
Cost analysis of the initial options was undertaken to assess the viability of each, and to assist in the identification of a preferred option. Planning, cost and highways analysis and advice were also sought as part of the feasibility process which fed into the report process.
The project was able to identify several development options for the site and also generated significant local interest including business and community project opportunities. The challenge has been to balance community needs / wants with realistic regeneration that didn’t impact significantly on existing town offer.