Sedgemoor & Mendip Levelling Up Fund

Highbridge, Cheddar, Shepton Mallet

Our team have been assisting Sedgemoor & Mendip District Councils’ £19.3m bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund. If successful, the bid will support numerous town centre regeneration, local transport, and cultural and heritage projects within the Wells parliamentary constituency.

Client

Sedgemoor & Mendip District Council

Service

Landscape, Urban Design & Masterplanning

Sector

Public Realm

Value

£21m


Project Vision

The Levelling Up Fund bid projects in Highbridge, Cheddar, Shepton Mallet and the wider districts which have been identified as having potential to deliver economic benefits and help revitalize the local economy, allowing residents to have more pride in the places they live and tackling local deprivation issues.

Design Approach

We developed a Regeneration Framework for Highbridge to create a cohesive and long-term strategy for various regeneration opportunities linked to proposed development in the town. A number of catalyst projects were identified for inclusion within the LUF bid and include the regeneration of the High Street and town centre core, improvements at Highbridge Railway station with new Travel Hub facility, the creation of a new community centre, and improvements to the cycle route from Highbridge to Burnham-on-Sea.

In Shepton Mallet and Cheddar, the proposals seek to improve the public realm and highway infrastructure to deliver people-centric street designs and spaces that improve pedestrian movement and encourage the use of enhanced outdoors spaces.

Sustainability Approach

A significant focus of the proposals is to encourage a modal shift to active travel modes. The inclusion of new Travel Hubs will provide EV bike charging docks, cycle hubs, and information points will encourage residents and visitors to make sustainable travel choices. Changes to Highways movements and provision of new street planting is proposed to introduce people focused streets and spaces.

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