Would a Town Square redevelopment at The Row have your support?
In the area defined as HS3 on the Proposals Map a comprehensive redevelopment scheme, or individual proposals delivered as part of a phased masterplan approach will be permitted, so long as they would deliver a high quality public space that would be well-integrated into the key shopping area.
A key aspect of the Improving the High Street section of the current NDP that needs to be reconsidered are the options for a comprehensive town centre square redevelopment which were not explored in any detail, although the plan does include a Masterplan area HS3 for such a development.This large and strategically important area includes the land behind The Row, The Row itself and the current Co-op building.We are concerned that, at some point, the land, which is all owned by the Co-op, will become available for redevelopment. Without a more detailed Masterplan in place, the land could still be purchased and used inappropriately.We believe it is necessary to develop and promote positive options for the area, to be ready for 2020, and in anticipation of this eventuality by setting down detailed guidelines and policies to ensure best possible outcomes for the town. In this way, when the time comes, we will be in the best position possible to attract development that supports the community as well as the local economy.We propose asking the following question in relation to this: Would a town square redevelopment, perhaps funded by a national supermarket or anchor chain, with new, affordable retail units for independent ‘niche’ or ‘destination’ businesses on the ground floor, and residential development on upper floors, benefit Hoylake residents and existing businesses?This section will provide some supporting evidence, background reference and opportunities for feedback.Options for such a project have been explored in the past by Hoylake Village Life and Liverpool University: click the link to the right to download the relevant files.
In order to develop Policy HS3 in the next iteration of the NDP in 2020 we will need to:Consult widely on what the community and local businesses would like to see should an opportunity arise in this area.Research and gather as broad a range of evidence as possible in order to help demonstrate whether a regional or national anchor business, that would likely be the enabling scheme for such a project, is either likely to support, or adversely affect, existing and future independent businesses in the local context.Establish a realistic estimate of quantity, type and tenure of housing that could result from the scheme.Explore a full range of alternative options for the area.