Cirencester Town Council submits full planning application for radical redevelopment of town centre's Market Place

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Artist impression of the revamped Market Place in Cirencester Artist impression of the revamped Market Place in Cirencester

A RADICAL reimagining of Cirencester’s Market Place could become a reality after Cirencester Town Council submitted a full planning application for approval.

The overhaul will see Cirencester’s iconic town centre return to a more authentic image of a Cotswold market place.

Cllr Deryck Nash, lead member for estate services at CTC, said: “At last we have some proposals for the centre of our town that bring real improvements.

“The plans are a lot more modest than the original CTEP proposals but will go a long way towards making the Market Place a real hub for the community again.”

Kerbs, clutter and traffic lights will become a thing of the past with pedestrians being given priority over traffic.

It is hoped that a new “shared space” with high quality paving and a level surface between roads and pavements will encourage shoppers to freely roam the town centre.

Traffic will also be reduced to a single carriageway on the south side of the road to open up a pedestrianised zone in front of the Cirencester Parish Church.

The town council has announced that in addition to the existing plans, a number of bicycle racks and benches will be installed.

Cirencester mayor Joe Harris said: “This is a great decision for the town with a clear mandate from across the local community to deliver positive change.”

Speaking in June, Cirencester town councillor Geoffrey Adams said he felt a revamp of the area was long overdue describing the current market place as “a car park with a dual carriageway either side of it”.

He said: “It’s a fine plan and one that will benefit the town immensely. Cirencester, the so-called capital of the Cotswolds, deserves it.”

Martin Portus of Cirencester-based landscape artists Portus Whitton said: “The submitted proposals have not only complied with the prevailing policies, they have also brought a fresh vision, one that aspires to create the very best long term improvements to the Market Place and in a way that regenerate and reconnects the whole of the town.”

The application will now be sent to Cotswold District Council’s planning committee for consideration.

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10:25am Fri 3 Jan 14

Geoff66 says...

This isn't a radical plan, far from it. Until Cirencester has a decent and comprehensive regeneration and improvement plan for the whole of the town, this fails to address townwide problems and issues.
This isn't a radical plan, far from it. Until Cirencester has a decent and comprehensive regeneration and improvement plan for the whole of the town, this fails to address townwide problems and issues. Geoff66

12:19pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Geoff66 says...

.....So how do these plans tie in with the planned New cinema development?, yet alone plans to up date and upgrade Cirencester's car parks? and what about the potential for opportunities to revamp Cricklade Street?

In addition, does has this revamp consider the potential for, yet alone the long term development of, the Memorial Hospital site? and the Old Railway Station? and what about the plan to vastly increase housing numbers in and around Cirencester and the Chesterton area, which will increase demand on the town and it's infrastructure.

I also wonder whether this plan has really looked at the long term financial stability of the town? yet alone its future needs??

Radical these plans aren't nor have they been considered as part of a long term plan for the future of Cirencester as a whole!!
.....So how do these plans tie in with the planned New cinema development?, yet alone plans to up date and upgrade Cirencester's car parks? and what about the potential for opportunities to revamp Cricklade Street? In addition, does has this revamp consider the potential for, yet alone the long term development of, the Memorial Hospital site? and the Old Railway Station? and what about the plan to vastly increase housing numbers in and around Cirencester and the Chesterton area, which will increase demand on the town and it's infrastructure. I also wonder whether this plan has really looked at the long term financial stability of the town? yet alone its future needs?? Radical these plans aren't nor have they been considered as part of a long term plan for the future of Cirencester as a whole!! Geoff66

2:23pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Geoff66 says...

...the only real winner for the current plan is an improved Market facility and to be truthful, why spend over a million on that when it is an utter disgrace and a travesty for an historic Market Town like like Cirencester, which should be drawing huge numbers of visitors and shoppers alike.

Back to the drawing board me thinks !!!!
...the only real winner for the current plan is an improved Market facility and to be truthful, why spend over a million on that when it is an utter disgrace and a travesty for an historic Market Town like like Cirencester, which should be drawing huge numbers of visitors and shoppers alike. Back to the drawing board me thinks !!!! Geoff66

7:44pm Fri 3 Jan 14

J0hn Hunt says...

Its all a scam, don't be taken in. Its all smoke and mirrors with no substance.
I checked it out and the claims just don't add up
Don't fall for this scam.
Its all a scam, don't be taken in. Its all smoke and mirrors with no substance. I checked it out and the claims just don't add up Don't fall for this scam. J0hn Hunt

8:48pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Col Mustard says...

With a greater proportion of "shared space " whatever that stupid expression means and the advent of yet more coffee shops .How is the local council going to protect local citizens , following Police cuts and the easing in EU entry qualifications (supported by our local MP ) when they are sipping there cappuccinos from this ?

http://m.youtube.com
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With a greater proportion of "shared space " whatever that stupid expression means and the advent of yet more coffee shops .How is the local council going to protect local citizens , following Police cuts and the easing in EU entry qualifications (supported by our local MP ) when they are sipping there cappuccinos from this ? http://m.youtube.com /watch?v=pSjsE6aqo34 &desktop_uri=%2Fwatc h%3Fv%3DpSjsE6aqo34 Col Mustard

4:45pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Cotswold Lad says...

My concern, right from the start, is for the hundreds of children and all the elderly residents who rely on the Market Place traffic lights to enable them to cross the roads in safety. Making the main road two-way will only add to the problem. Having no method of controlling traffic at a major 'pinch point' shows how little the Mayor and the whole Town Council have really looked into this proposal. The first person involved in a traffic accident will know exactly who to blame ... why won't they run a 4 week pilot scheme, turning off the lights, to see for themselves the potential for injury and chaos?
My concern, right from the start, is for the hundreds of children and all the elderly residents who rely on the Market Place traffic lights to enable them to cross the roads in safety. Making the main road two-way will only add to the problem. Having no method of controlling traffic at a major 'pinch point' shows how little the Mayor and the whole Town Council have really looked into this proposal. The first person involved in a traffic accident will know exactly who to blame ... why won't they run a 4 week pilot scheme, turning off the lights, to see for themselves the potential for injury and chaos? Cotswold Lad

5:03pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Geoff66 says...

If they make the Market Place a two-way road then once delivery vans start parking up, or you get people dropping people off, etc.. then there will be no way of getting around these obstacles.......Madn
ess!!! and traffic chaos in Cirencestrer will continue to be the norm
If they make the Market Place a two-way road then once delivery vans start parking up, or you get people dropping people off, etc.. then there will be no way of getting around these obstacles.......Madn ess!!! and traffic chaos in Cirencestrer will continue to be the norm Geoff66

8:44am Tue 7 Jan 14

Iansky says...

I don't know why we are so worried, with the track record of our wonderful coun cil it will either get shelved, modified again or will not start until 2020 and by then Ciren will probably be a ghost town with tumbleweed in the market place.
I don't know why we are so worried, with the track record of our wonderful coun cil it will either get shelved, modified again or will not start until 2020 and by then Ciren will probably be a ghost town with tumbleweed in the market place. Iansky

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