Town Centre Strategies consultation

This consultation is now closed as of 30 November 2016.

 

Background

Town centres sit at the heart of our communities and are focal points for retail, employment and social uses. They are also places to meet and access the facilities and essential services that people require. It is important that the planning system recognises and supports the role of town centres and that they are properly equipped to prosper, meeting the needs of residents, businesses and visitors.

The main challenge for all of our town centres is to respond to new forms of competition and changing consumer activity. The traditional model of retail led town centre growth is being increasingly challenged, meaning that the role of our town centres needs to change. Going forward, growth and regeneration will need to consist of a much greater diversity of uses that are adaptable and flexible.

Purpose of Strategies

Policy 11 of the Proposed Local Development Plan, ‘Network of Centres’, makes reference to the preparation of separate ‘Town Centre Strategies’ for our town centres. The purpose of the strategies will be to support implementation of Policy 11 by setting out a positive long-term vision for each town centre and to provide a reference point for future development proposals.

This will help to ensure that we have a strategic approach to the issues faced by the town centre, providing it with the best chance to thrive and prosper.  The strategies will build on existing strengths and provide the framework for development by helping to inform future growth and investment.

These strategies will be aligned with the Council’s forthcoming Economic Development Strategy (EDS), which aims to expand the economy in the area and encourage investment by supporting businesses, town centres and the tourism industry. Initial consultation on the new EDS has already taken place (Spring 2016), which sought views on the various attractions and assets in the area, and to find out what people want from the East Dunbartonshire economy. The relevant outcomes of this exercise will be reflected in the Town Centre Strategies.

Getting Involved

It is essential that the strategies are informed by the people who live, shop and work in the respective town centres. We would encourage anyone with an interest in our town centres to complete the following online survey, which aims to gain feedback on the current performance and key requirements for each centre. In addition, the Council will also be engaging directly with town centre partners and other relevant groups as part of the preparation of each strategy.

We would therefore encourage anyone with an interest in our town centres to complete the following online survey

The survey will be available from Monday 12 September until Wednesday 30 November 2016.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact the Land Planning Policy Team at development.plan@eastdunbarton.gov.uk.

A number of workshops are also taking place:
 
  • Bearsden – Tuesday 8 November at Bearsden Academy, 6.30pm-8.15pm
  • Bishopbriggs – Wednesday 16 November at Bishopbriggs Memorial Hall, 6.30pm-8.15pm
  • Milngavie – Thursday 17 November at the Fraser Centre (Milngavie Precinct), 6.30pm-8.15pm.
 
People with an interest in the future of the town centres are invited to get involved in the workshops. The events will be using the 'Place Standard' tool to explore the current strengths, weaknesses and key requirements of each centre.
 
If you want to attend please send an e-mail to development.plan@eastdunbarton.gov.uk to book a place.