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Design concepts for Market Hill go on display

Posted by Communications on 11 November 2020 | Comments

The design concepts for the Market Hill area of Sudbury have gone on display in a shop window near to the area that could become a pedestrian-friendly space in the future.

Residents have been asked to have their say on proposals which reveal how Market Hill could be used for shoppers, visitors, and events. The new-look Market Hill area could boost footfall through the town to support shops and businesses, improve connectivity and town centre experience and become a focal point for the town.

The design concepts were launched online last week and are now on display in the shop window at 10 Old Market Place, Sudbury. The display will provide an opportunity for residents visiting the town centre for exercise or essential shopping to view the plans in person.

Despite a good initial response to the online public engagement, the deadline for responding has been extended to Monday 14 December.  

The proposals for Market Hill reveal a flexible layout with three distinct areas which could be used individually or combined for events and market days. The design concepts have been developed using feedback from the ‘What Next for Sudbury?’ exhibition held earlier this year and from partners in the Sudbury Vision Steering Group.

Local businesses, retailers and stakeholders have already had an opportunity to comment on the plans in the first phase of engagement earlier this autumn.

Babergh District Council, working in partnership with Suffolk County Council, commissioned WSP Consultants to develop the plans as part of the wider Sudbury Vision programme.

Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for economic growth and Chair of the Sudbury Vision Steering Group, Cllr Michael Holt said:

“With social distancing restrictions in place, we are unable to hold a public exhibition in the same we did earlier this year. I encourage residents to view the proposals either online or on the displays if they are visiting the town centre for essential shopping or exercise and have their say before Monday 14 December.”

At the start of this year, a public exhibition ‘What Next for Sudbury?’ welcomed over 800 people who had the opportunity to see and comment of a range of projects.

The design concepts for Market Hill and associated questionnaire will be available online and feedback must be submitted by 5pm on 14 December 2020.  

Alternatively, the online survey can be downloaded and returned by email.