Help redesign the City Centre

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News release: 05 July 2016

Residents, businesses and other organisations are to be involved in drawing up designs for the redevelopment of a major site in the heart of St Albans.

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The plan is to transform a City Centre area of around seven acres that is bounded by Hatfield Road, Bricket Road, Victoria Street and St Peter’s Street.

Now the public are to be included in the early master-planning of the area which is known as the City Centre Opportunity Site (CCOS).

Community group Look! St Albans is to host and organise a design charrette – a series of intensive engagement events.

These include a public meeting on Friday 9 September followed by full-day workshops on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September. There will be a further public meeting on Friday 16 September.

The events will allow the development team to collaborate with the community on shaping the future of the CCOS.

They will be independently externally facilitated by experts, including planning consultants and architects, from outside the partnership that wishes to develop the site.

This partnership includes St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire Constabulary and the NHS which all own properties in the area.

The CCOS contains a number of buildings which are either vacant or run down.  These include the old Police Station, the Principal Health Clinic and the Bricket Road car park.

The development team are also working with Boultbee LDN which owns the Maltings Shopping Centre, close to the CCOS.

Vanessa Gregory, Chair of Look! St Albans, said: “We are delighted to be asked by the partnership to host a home-grown, community-led collaborative planning event.

“Look! St Albans offers our services for free. Our aim is to actively involve all those who love our city and want to help shape a lasting, enduring legacy for future generations of which we can be proud.
 
“Our proven methodology takes place before irreversible key development decisions have been made and expensive plans have been drawn up.  Our approach has already won professional recognition in the recent Community-led Planning and Placemeaking Awards, so come along and take part.”
 
Councillor Julian Daly, Leader and Portfolio Holder for Resources for St Albans City and District Council, said: “Most of the CCOS was developed in the 1960s and it is now tired and worn.

“A comprehensive, high-quality redevelopment of the area will be transformational for St Albans. It will make the City Centre more attractive, vibrant and appealing.

“This is an ambitious, challenging redevelopment following on from the creation of a new museum and art gallery in the City Centre. We want to involve residents through Look! St Albans to help shape what comes forward for the site.”


Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “I look forward to hearing the community’s views on how they would like this sensitive area to be developed. 

“These workshops are an excellent opportunity for people to give their opinions and visions of the way forward.”


Diane Brent, Head of Estates at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, said: “We hope these events will provide an excellent opportunity for local people to hear the plans from the outset and more importantly have their say in the future of the City Centre development."

Details about the CCOS charrette events will appear on the Look! St Albans website: http://www.lookstalbans.org/

Further information can also be obtained by contacting the Chair Vanessa Gregory on vanessa.a.gregory@btinternet.com or 01727 875676.

For more details about the CCOS, please see: http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/planning/Planningpolicy/ccos.aspx

Councillor contact:
Cllr Julian Daly, Leader and Portfolio Holder for Resources for St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 07775 657200 Email: Cllr.J.Daly@stalbans.gov.uk
 
Media contact:
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City and District Council. Tel: 01727-296130
E-mail: john.mcjannet@stalbans.gov.uk
 
Note:
The former site of the Museum of St Albans, in  Hatfield Road,  is being redeveloped into homes. The plans are based on an initial design charrette organised by Look! St Albans in 2014.