A multi-disciplinary team have been appointed to produce a detailed development strategy for Southport.
The aim of the strategy will help progress the development of key sites in the resort such as Marine Park while setting out a new vision for the town centre.
Lead planning consultant Nexus Planning will be supported by Broadway Malyan who will bring a wealth of architectural experience.
Working alongside the design team will be property and development agents Aspinal Verdi, Visitor Economy experts Amion Consulting while JMP Consultants will look at the transport issues.
The appointment follows a detailed procurement exercise by Sefton Council who are funding the strategy; the work will be overseen by both Sefton Council in partnership with the newly formed Southport Business Improvement District (BID).
The strategy will consider key issues such as infrastructure needs, economic challenges, public space, branding and events, the development of key vacant sites and how new development can be integrated into the existing surroundings.
It will also allow stakeholders to have a real say on the future of Southport and by working closely with the BID, it will ensure the strategy has valuable input from the local business community.
Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton’s Cabinet Member Regeneration and Tourism, said: “Southport is a key visitor destination and has a town centre with huge potential.
“The strategy will help bring together the council’s and the BID’s ambitions for the popular resort now and for the future.
“Throughout the process we will work closely with the BID team and continue to talk to stakeholders and businesses to help develop the strategy.”
The strategy will help underpin the work currently being undertaken by the Southport BID that officially launches on the November 1, after securing a ‘Yes’ vote in March this year.
Enda Rylands, Chair of The Southport Business Improvement District, said: “The Strategy is vital for Southport in the long term in setting out an ambitious vision, the BID will make sure that everyone gets a say on the future direction.
“The BID are continuing to work on a number of initiatives as set out in our manifesto, the strategy will help us even further in achieving our main aim of attracting more footfall and increased spend.”
Nexus planning will now start a comprehensive engagement process with key stakeholders while the BID Company will look to undertake an extensive consultation process with its 900 plus members.
Peter Tooher, Director of Nexus Planning, added: “Southport has some great assets and a fantastic reputation, but unfortunately has suffered somewhat in comparison to neighbouring towns in recent years.
“This Development Strategy is an exciting opportunity to regroup, and work with the Council, the people of Southport and the private sector to set out a clear vision for how the town should evolve over the next few years.
“Nexus has unrivalled experience in working with public and private sector partners to produce strategies to drive the regeneration of town centres, as our work in Crosby, Shrewsbury, Northwich and Macclesfield testifies, and we look forward to using our expertise to put together a robust plan for Southport.”
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