The work will provide the infrastructure and conditions for a future mixed-use development including:
- community uses including a potential community hub (the first primary schools subject to further consultation)
- commercial spaces
The detail of the future development will be the subject of separate detailed planning applications and public consultation.
The application for funding and developing our proposals
Following a further update from the UK Government, we expect to find out if our application for UK Government support has been successful by the end of this year.
The Levelling Up Fund requires that projects should be able to spend any funds awarded by the end of March 2025, with some allowance for spend during 2025-26 on an exceptional basis.
The timescales are challenging but can be met, however in order to meet it we needed to begin developing our proposals before the outcome of the funding application is known, including:
- undertaking the pre-application
- preparing for planning
The preparations for planning will continue during the autumn.
If our application for funding is successful, we will submit our planning application shortly after and begin preparing to engage contractors.
Subject to funding and planning permission, we hope to start works on site during autumn 2023.
Follow on mixed-use development
If our application for funding is successful, proposals for the mixed-use development will begin to be developed in 2023.
The development would follow the completion of the initial works supported by the Levelling Up Fund and would begin in 2025.