Consultation has started on a new vision for Chelmsford’s West End – the transport, arts and cultural hub of the City.
Chelmsford City Council wants the community to get involved with agreeing a vision for enhancing this important area through a stronger arts and cultural focus, boosted local economy, great built environment and improved public realm.
The West End is the part of the City Centre which is home to the Civic Centre, two theatres, hotel, bus and railway stations, and a growing residential population. There are around 120 businesses in the study area, and the railway station is one of the country’s busiest used by eight million passengers a year. However, there are still some areas where there is development potential, while other parts are in need of improvement.
Following the success of recent improvement schemes such as Station Square and the north side of Duke Street, the City Council wants to extend these improvements to encompass the rest of the West End.
Proposals in the draft West End Vision include a range of ideas from maps and finger posts, improved paving, a marketing identity for the area, improvement to specific spaces, a review of the Conservation Area, design guidance for shop fronts, and mechanisms for business support.
Views of local businesses, residents, and organisations with a stake or interest in the West End will be used to develop a strategy for action including influencing Local Plan policies, a programme of physical improvements, and encouraging investment.
You can view and comment on the West End Vision on the Council’s planning consultation portal at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/planningpolicyconsult, or visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/westendvision
Comments are invited until Thursday 11 May 2017.