Plans to transform Worksop into a ‘buzzing and lively community’ unveiled

Council chiefs hope to make Worksop a ‘buzzing and lively community’ once again by transforming the town centre into a living, shopping and leisure destination.

Thursday, 19th November 2020, 7:00 am

They plan to renovate historic buildings in the centre and along the canal and riverside for day and night-time economy, provide better housing and open up Bridge Street to traffic.

Under the plans - launched for public consultation this week - improved flood resilience measures and waterside habitats will enhance the image of the town.

And a combination of cycle lanes and traffic management would connect the suburbs, railway station, retail and leisure outlets for visitors and residents.

Bridge Street as it looks today

The council hopes to use the new Worksop Masterplan to ‘revive a sense of community’ in the town - meeting the everyday needs of the community while attracting and retaining visitors.

Worksop Masterplan is split into specific projects designed to make the town a ‘better place to live’.

The Innovation District

A new training facility is planned for the site of the old gasworks - where industry training, business incubation and product development would co-locate creating jobs and upskilling the workforce.

The plans include the renovation of Worksop Railway Station

Waterfront leisure

The waterfront area near the Innovation District in the north of the town centre would be transformed - providing public spaces, waterside access and mooring.

It is hoped the location will be a focus of the night time and evening economy - while also being a vibrant daytime destination.

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The old market square will be a key point of arrival for visitors by bus, foot or cycle.

Improving housing

Among plans are proposals to create a waterfront community around Sandhill Lake through existing housing improvements and new housing provision - alongside improved canal access linking to other regeneration areas.

Town centre living

There are ambitions to create homes - both private and council-owned - with river and canalside views connected to the town centre by new cycle and pedestrian routes linking Sandhill Lake and existing communities with river and canal crossings

Bridge Street will be the retail focus of the plans

Historic Bridge Street

Benefiting from high-quality historic buildings and improved use of public spaces, this area will be the focus for retail.

Making the most of under-used upper floors with a range of ground floor uses, it will serve the day-to day needs of residents while also offering leisure facilities and core services.

Eyesore buildings will be given a ‘green retrofit’ - providing a vibrant contrast to the historic structures.

While there also plans to create a one-way carriageway up Bridge Place and Bridge Street - including a cycle lane with short-term bay parking.

Family-friendly areas

A pedestrianised area to the south of the town centre will provide family-friendly space for outdoor entertainment, eating and leisure.

The old market square will be a key point of arrival for visitors by bus, foot or cycle.

Station Gateway

Plans are in place to renovate Worksop Railway Station - including revealing the station frontage, cycle hire with associated retail and catering uses complemented by additional new homes

The council is asking the public to give their views on its plans in a consultation lasting until January 11 - you can take part and view the masterplan at www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/business-advice/regeneration-and-investment/the-worksop-masterplan/the-key-concepts/.

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