Towards a New Vision for Derby City Centre - Ambition

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Overview

Our city centre, like many others, is facing unprecedented challenges. Long term issues such as an over-reliance on a declining retail market and limited city centre living and office markets have been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic. This has led to a cycle of falling numbers of people on the streets, unoccupied premises, continuing problems with crime and anti-social behaviour, leading to a general feeling of decline.

Positive things are already happening which will boost the city centre, such as the exciting Becketwell project and the restoration of the Market Hall. However, these schemes alone are not sufficient to

Overview

Our city centre, like many others, is facing unprecedented challenges. Long term issues such as an over-reliance on a declining retail market and limited city centre living and office markets have been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic. This has led to a cycle of falling numbers of people on the streets, unoccupied premises, continuing problems with crime and anti-social behaviour, leading to a general feeling of decline.

Positive things are already happening which will boost the city centre, such as the exciting Becketwell project and the restoration of the Market Hall. However, these schemes alone are not sufficient to ensure that the city centre is fit for the 21st century. Tinkering around the edges is no longer enough and we need to develop a clear, bold and importantly collective vision to tackle issues head on and to demonstrate that the city centre has a long term future. This will give confidence to local businesses, investors and external funders and will be part of an overall package of measures including short term interventions to address immediate challenges.

The vision needs to be different to previous plans and strategies that have been developed. The vision needs to provide an overarching framework and set the direction of travel, within which more detailed plans and strategies can be developed, both by the Council and partners.

Over the last twelve months we have been talking to stakeholders to understand the issues facing the city centre and to get to grips with some of the potential ideas, interventions and opportunities that could help to transform it.

We have now published a document called 'Ambition'. This document is an important step towards developing the vision and sets out what issues we think need to be addressed and identifies ideas and potential interventions for addressing these. The document asks a range of questions, based around a set of themes, to try and gauge the reaction to our ideas and assess whether we are thinking along the right lines. Importantly, we want to engage in a conversation to find out just how bold our long-term vision for the city centre should be.

Feedback on this document will be used to draw up the Vision document and we will ask for your opinions again, before finalising it in 2023.


How can you have your say?

  • complete our feedback form which will be open throughout the 12 week conversation. (If you want to save progress, please register on Let's Talk Derby before giving feedback).

During the 12 week conversation we will also be developing different activities on each theme such as quick polls / discussion forums / theme based maps, so it's worth revisiting to have a look.

Alternatively, you can email comments to us using the contact details on this page or write to us at:

Derby City Centre Vision

Derby City Council

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Derby

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The conversation on the Ambition document will be open from Wednesday 8 June closing on Wednesday 31 August 2022.

We will be continuing to talk to stakeholders throughout the conversation period (and beyond) and will be hosting a series of workshops based around the key themes in the Ambition document.

  • Please note: if you want to save progress on the feedback form, please register on Let's Talk Derby before starting. 

    This feedback form is aimed at gathering your views on what Derby should look and feel like in the next 20, 30 even 40 years' time. Your views are important and will help us shape a Vision for our city centre.

    The themes we have developed for discussion are:

    1. Climate Change
    2. Culture
    3. Public realm
    4. Green and blue infrastructure
    5. City living
    6. Accessibility and connectivity
    7. Heritage
    8. Design quality
    9. Learning
    10. Business and creativity
    11. Shopping and leisure
    12. Delivery and coordination

    As there are a number of themes, you can provide your feedback on as many as you want. When looking at the themes, we would like you to consider if we have identified the right problems; what you think of our ideas; whether we should explore other ideas or issues; and most importantly, what you would like our city to look and feel like in the future. This is the beginning of a conversation that will eventually determine a vision for Derby city centre's future.

    Within this feedback form you can give your comments on all of the themes (which will take around 40 minutes to complete) or choose to give feedback on individual themes only. So that you can see all of the themes, we have provided a short introduction for each and included a link to the relevant theme, followed by a question to see if you would like to give your feedback. If you do, you will be able to answer the relevant questions. If you do not, please select no and move on to the next theme. 

    Please read the full document here, before giving your feedback. The document will open in a separate tab

    We appreciate your feedback as it will help us develop the Vision for our city centre.

    The conversation will be open for 12 weeks, closing on Wednesday 21 September 2022.

    For more information, or to request the feedback form in another format (for example a paper copy), please contact us at planningpolicy@derby.gov.uk 

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