The public realm refers to all publicly accessible open spaces, including streets, parks and squares. Public realm improvements have been designated through the Town Centre Area Action Plan and work will begin this year with improvements to Market Street/Gloucester Place.
Wellingborough's growth and regeneration is entering an important and exciting phase. Over the last few years the Borough Council has focussed on working with the local people and stakeholders to ensure the plans for the future are right.
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) such as the Public Realm Strategy along with the Conservation Area Appraisal and the Shop Front Advertisement Guide, have been produced by Planning Policy to aid and guide any improvements proposed throughout the town. Further details on these documents can be obtained from the Planning Policy web pages.
The physical materials intended for the public realm improvements to Market Street Gloucester place are designated through the Public Realm Materials Palette, and the public consultation of the concept design carried out in Jan/Feb 2010.
To chart the way forward, the Town Centre Area Action plan sets out the visions of a reinvigorated 'Twenty-first Century Market Town'. Key to realising this vision is a series of new site based development projects to be implemented in parallel with corresponding investment and upgrade in the Public Realm. As such the Public Realm Strategy was adopted by the Council in July 2009.
Since April 2011, the town centre received improvements to pavements and roads within Market Street and Gloucester Place and Silver Street and Sheep Street which also included a new bus gate as part of Northamptonshire County Council's Highways initiatives.
Croyland Gardens was provided with a new zoo themed play area, which incorporates animal designs supplied by local school children.