Stapleford Town Deal Blog
Stapleford Town Deal Blog
Shaping the future of Stapleford - Friday 23rd October
As part of the Stapleford Town Deal process, residents and local businesses were invited to have their say on the latest proposals during a public consultation.
Broxtowe Borough Council invited people to submit their views to help create the Town Investment Plan (TIP), which is currently being finalised for submission in January 2021.
- What is the Stapleford Town Deal?
In September 2019, it was announced that £3.6bn is being made available to regenerate more than 100 towns across the UK. Stapleford has been chosen as one of the towns to receive funding, with each town set to receive up to £25m worth of investment in a number of areas.
- What are the areas of investment that the Towns Fund will focus on?
As set out by the government in their Towns Fund prospectus, there are three areas identified for the investment:
- Urban regeneration, planning and land use
- Skills and enterprise infrastructure
- What was the most popular request from the public consultation held by Broxtowe Borough Council? How will this feedback be used?
Improved facilities for the community was the most popular request from the public consultation on the plans for how Stapleford’s £25m Towns Fund will be spent.
The team behind the Stapleford Town Deal has used the feedback to refine the proposed projects for inclusion in the TIP, with 85% of those who responded saying that Stapleford would benefit from new community facilities.
- Why is it important that the team behind Stapleford Town Deal listens to the local community?
The people of Stapleford are the heart of the town and ensuring the plans reflect their needs is a top priority. The majority of the responses received said that the plans address the issues that the town is currently facing.
- What were the other requests from the public consultation?
Those who submitted their views indicated that a new leisure facility is essential, with the majority agreeing that the current recreational and leisure offering fails to meet the needs of the community. In response to this, the new proposed plans include a new community leisure and recreational facility that will offer a range of other activities and multipurpose spaces.
The proposed regeneration of Stapleford’s cycle infrastructure also received excellent feedback, with the majority of residents agreeing that they would use the new cycle network to travel to and around Stapleford by bike.
Following the public consultation and tabling of the TIP, the plans are now being refined, ready to be submitted early next year.
For more information on the Stapleford Town Deal, visit the Stapleford Towns Deal page
Stakeholder Group Meeting - Friday 7 August
The August meeting of the Stapleford Town Deal Stakeholder Group saw members review the outline plans for the town’s regeneration.
Stakeholders from across the area came together to share ideas and feedback on the proposed vision, including developing the town’s central quarter, improving the cycle network, and growing the skills and leisure infrastructure.
With representatives from the Environment Agency in attendance, the green development of the town was high on the meeting agenda. Stakeholders discussed the creation of sustainable transport links to HS2 via the Stapleford Cycle Highway and the potential to develop the green space surrounding the Erewash canal.
Attendees also explored the possibility of connecting the tram at Toton into the town, increasing transport links to Stapleford. The conversation centred around establishing a direct shuttle bus for residents, focusing on connectivity as one of the three Towns Fund objectives.
The group was also invited to consider the need for further skills and enterprise infrastructure, through development of a business park connected to both the town and the A52. If created, this will offer training and business units that respond to the skills demand created by HS2 and the Innovation Hub, providing an excellent employment and education resource.
The distribution of the £25m Towns Fund will be outlined by the Town Improvement Plan (TIP), informed by ideas gathered from residents, local businesses, and councillors.
Rebecca Ogden, major projects officer at Broxtowe Borough Council, said: “We’re very keen to involve Stapleford’s young people as much as possible in this project. Not only will they benefit greatly from the new facilities and employment opportunities created, but they can have a real input into the process, planning, and development of the Stapleford Town Deal.
“We’re looking to collaborate with various different bodies going forwards to help us maintain engagement with residents, so that they can shape the future of their town.”
Following this meeting, the Executive Board will review and respond to the recommendations of the Stakeholder Group to develop the TIP. The next Stakeholder Group meeting will be held on 23 October. To take part, please contact Rebecca Ogden at Rebecca.Ogden@broxtowe.gov.uk.
Stakeholder Group meeting - Friday 10 July
The latest meeting of the Stapleford Town Deal Stakeholder Group saw stakeholders from the town and surrounding areas provide their feedback on the proposals outlined in the overall masterplan.
The key areas of the plans – futureproofing the town’s high street, the creation of a cycle network, and improvements to community, leisure and recreation facilities – were discussed, as well as the potential interventions proposed as part of the scheme.
The group were invited to comment on suggestions for redeveloping the public spaces around the Roach and Walter Parker Square and designated cycle infrastructure to link to HS2 and surrounding towns.
Provisions for a new community leisure facility were also discussed, with options including an off-road cycle track, green gym and active adventure play parks.
Alongside the specific proposals, there were also discussions about how the regeneration can provide better employment opportunities locally, improve the skills of the area’s young people and help enhance the town’s community spirit.
The feedback from the stakeholders – including residents, workers and local businesses - will be combined with the results of the public consultation incorporated into the Town Improvement Plan (TIP), which acts as a roadmap for the distribution of the £25m Towns Fund.
Rebecca Ogden, major projects officer at Broxtowe Borough Council, said: “Alongside the public consultation and the Executive Board, the monthly Stakeholder Group meetings are crucial in bringing detail to the vision we have for Stapleford and the plans for using the Towns Fund to regenerate both the town and the surrounding area.
“This meeting was a big step forward for the project, giving the stakeholders the chance to comment not just on the specific suggestions and proposals for the redevelopment, but also what makes Stapleford unique and how the money that is being spent can create long-lasting benefit for the community.”
Following the conclusion of the public consultation, the Executive Board will meet to review suggestions from across the board in order to put together the TIP. The next Stakeholder Group meeting will be held on Friday, 7 August. For more information, please contact Rebecca Ogden at Rebecca.Ogden@broxtowe.gov.uk.
Stakeholder Group meeting - Friday 12 June
Ambitious plans for redeveloping Stapleford town centre were the main discussion point at the latest meeting of the Stapleford Town Deal Stakeholder Group.
Stakeholders, including residents, local businesses and community organisations from across the town and surrounding areas were invited to provide feedback on a proposed vision statement for the overall project, as well as the redevelopment options for the town centre, designed by GT3 Architects.
The group met virtually to discuss the proposals, which are being considered for inclusion in the Town Investment Plan (TIP). The TIP will then be agreed with Government and form the programme of delivery for the Towns Fund.
Rebecca Ogden, major projects officer at Broxtowe Borough Council, said: “These stakeholder meetings offer an excellent opportunity for engagement and involvement of the people that will be most affected by the proposed plans.
“The current situation with Covid-19 has forced us to adapt and hold these meetings virtually, but we have been very encouraged by the contributions we have had, which will be crucial in defining the overall direction of the regeneration plans.”
Liz Clarke, associate director at GT3 Architects, said: “It’s great to be working with Broxtowe Borough Council and Stapleford Town Council on this project, particularly as this was our first virtual vision workshop since lockdown began and it was a huge success.
“We have since been working hard to combine the public input and the MyTown consultation with the stakeholder and executive board input. By enabling people to have a voice, we can build a robust evidence base, which underpins our proposed designs. As a result, the project is progressing really well, and we’re excited to see it take another step forward towards securing funding.”
Alongside local residents and businesses, the meeting was attended by a number of different organisations and agencies, including NHS Nottingham, multiple departments of Nottinghamshire County Council, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Environment Agency and representatives from Broxtowe Borough Council’s business growth team.
Stephen Marwood, sustainable growth manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Thanks to the Stapleford Town deal team for putting on a very interactive session looking at options where all opinions and ideas were listened too and welcomed. Working in partnership to maximise the benefit for the residents and business community is vital to a successful bid and the Environment Agency look forward to being involved as it moves forward.”
Residents and businesses in the Stapleford area can have their say on the latest proposals during a public consultation, which will take place from Wednesday, 1 July to Friday, 17 July. The proposals will be available to be viewed and commented on above via a survey (opens in a new tab) or in person at Hartland NG9, Derby Road, Stapleford.
The next Stakeholder Group meeting will be held on Friday, 10 July. For more information, please contact Rebecca Ogden at Rebecca.Ogden@broxtowe.gov.uk.