Radcliffe Regeneration - Your questions answered
Radcliffe Strategic Regeneration Framework
What is the Strategic Regeneration Framework and why do we need it?
The Radcliffe Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) is the most significant document in guiding the Council's continued ambitions to regenerate the town, shaping the growth of Radcliffe through the short, medium and long term. The SRF contains plans for the development of specific areas within Radcliffe; enabling community, business and all Radcliffe stakeholders to clearly see how the vision for Radcliffe will be achieved as well as the roles they can play in realising that vision.
Over the next 15 years the SRF will play a crucial role in steering how and where the Council will use and invest its resources, as well as helping it determine planning applications in a way that will be beneficial to Radcliffe's growth. It will also include important information to help guide the investment decisions of businesses and other stakeholders.
Critically, there are indications that the Government is looking to invest in northern towns and for the Council to be in a position whereby it is able to access this support, we need to have a clear vision and plan for Radcliffe, including investable projects - particularly those which are geared to support town centre transformation. The Radcliffe SRF will set out this information and put the Council in a strong position should Government support be made available.
Who prepared the SRF?
The Council appointed Deloitte LLP, who worked with Planit-ie to develop the SRF for Radcliffe. Both organisations have significant experience in producing similar work across the country. Deloitte, for example, produced regeneration frameworks for Stockport and Wigan - both towns were successful in being shortlisted for Future High Street funding in 2019.
Does the SRF guarantee external funding?
There can be no guarantees that funding will be obtained. However, a robust and deliverable plan for the regeneration of Radcliffe will put the Council in the strongest possible position to get government support should this become available.
What has taken place so far?
The SRF has been shaped by continuous engagement with stakeholders, and is built on the back of data obtained from previous regeneration consultations.
An initial phase of consultation on the SRF took place in early engagement workshops in February and 1 to 1 sessions until May. These engagement meetings were attended by Radcliffe Members, tenant and resident groups, business groups and community stakeholders. These sessions, along with demographic baseline data helped to shape the consultation draft of the SRF.
A second phase of consultation took place from 22 June until 3 August, where the Council asked Radcliffe stakeholders for comment and opinion on the draft SRF. Despite restrictions related to Covid-19, the Council undertook a robust consultation programme, including a whole-town leaflet drop and public webinar.
The feedback received in the SRF's second phase of consultation has been key to finalising the document, by ensuring that the proposals more accurately reflect the views of Radcliffe's residents and businesses.
What happens next?
Following its endorsement by Cabinet on 2 September the SRF will now be used to guide development in Radcliffe and as a material planning consideration in determining planning applications.
The SRF will now move into a delivery phase with the creation of a Programme Management Office to drive the proposed projects forward. This team will be supported by Council officers, private investors, local businesses and residents to oversee development and provide input.
Initially, the Programme Management Office will start work delivering the SRF's priority projects, with a view to having them delivered in the short to medium term. These are:
- The creation of a new public services Hub building in the town centre;
- The delivery of a new secondary school;
- A parking strategy;
- A whole town approach to housing;
- Development of the Market and the Market Chambers building; and
- The creation of a lifestyle / leisure facility.
Is this regeneration project deliverable and what makes this regeneration different to the previous regeneration efforts that Radcliffe has undertaken?
The regeneration of Radcliffe is a key priority for the Council and the SRF has been developed to deliver major changes to Radcliffe over the next 15 years or so. Feedback over recent years is that people in Radcliffe want confidence that any plans are backed up by action and it is considered that the SRF includes a comprehensive set of deliverable proposals that have been initially drafted taking into account the views of key stakeholders in the town.
The plans set out in the SRF are aimed at attracting new public and private investment into the town, bringing in more people during the day and evening. Importantly, these proposals will be linked with the various proposals on the fringe of the town, including new housing at the former East Lancashire Paper Mill site, the new secondary school and improvements to the tram stop.
This is not to say that previous regeneration plans for Radcliffe have not been effective with recently implemented projects including:
- New bus station
- New affordable homes within the town
- New Lidl
- Investment into the market
- Public realm improvements
Whilst these previous interventions are important and show our long held commitment to Radcliffe, we have recognised that a new plan for Radcliffe must go further and be more comprehensive.
The SRF has a strong focus on delivery and the Programme Management Office will begin work on the creation of a funding strategy, which will consider how each of the SRF's projects can be financed.
What is the estimated cost of the regeneration and where will funding come from?
Delivery of the SRF projects will require significant funding from a range of sources including the Council, external agencies, private sector investment and Government grant programmes - and therefore - the initial work of the Programme management Office will focus on the creation of a funding strategy to deliver the key projects.
It is vital that the Council has an up to date plan and vision in place to position itself to bid for any available funding that may become available at the sub-regional or national level. A recent release of funds was targeted at towns that had details of schemes in place and without a plan, it is unlikely that we would be successful in future funding rounds.
The SRF will highlight the Council's commitment to Radcliffe and will help to leverage private investment for the proposals and wider improvements.
Will the SRF be affected by the impacts of Covid-19?
Production of the SRF commenced prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. As we move beyond the emergency response phase it is important that towns look forward to plan for their recovery in the immediate and longer-term.
It is too early to say what the long term impacts of Covid-19 will be. There is some early indication that cities have been hit harder than towns, as greater numbers of individuals are working from home. This provides a real opportunity for Radcliffe to capitalise upon this situation by adapting and creating a distinctive town centre.
Coming out of the pandemic there is likely to be a continued focus on communities, digital, sustainability, low carbon technologies and flexible working patterns.
Who will lead on the implementation of the SRF?
The SRF proposes some short, medium and long term interventions and proposes that a dedicated resource is identified to deliver these. The Programme Management Office will help to support the implementation of the SRF and the delivery of key proposals identified within it.
While the Council will drive the interventions, the proposals will require commitment from a range of other key stakeholders, including TfGM, Environment Agency, the Combined Authority, as well as private developers, local community and business groups.
What does the SRF propose?
The SRF's priority projects are:
- The creation of a new public services Hub building in the town centre;
- The delivery of a new secondary school;
- A parking strategy;
- A whole town approach to housing;
- Development of the Market and the Market Chambers building; and
- The creation of a lifestyle/leisure facility.
The delivery of these projects will be crucial to the success of the SRF. As such the newly founded Programme Management Office will focus on implementing these schemes in the short to medium term.
Other projects that the SRF is looking to deliver include:
- Opening up the river - improving the river walkway and a new riverside public space;
- Focused retail strategy - for both the daytime and evening economy;
- Cultural initiatives - possibly a permanent base, and celebrating Radcliffe's heritage;
- Public realm improvements - especially around the Piazza, civic spaces and key routes such as Blackburn Street;
- Infrastructure - including transport, digital technology to sustain economic growth and 'green' energy; and
- Employment - to create job opportunities in the town centre, from small start-up businesses to larger employers.
In addition to the more specific proposals, the SRF proposes a number of wider thematic strategies which include a proposed approach towards cultural initiatives; improving access to the blue and green infrastructure; improving digital infrastructure; ensuring sustainable and carbon neutral development and enhancing movement and connectivity particularly for pedestrians and cyclists.
How long will the proposals take to complete?
The SRF has been developed to bring major changes to Radcliffe over the next 15 years or so.
It sets out proposals for the short, medium and long-term regeneration of the town to encourage investment and growth. As such, various elements will come forward at different times but it is hoped that key interventions will be delivered in the short to medium term.
Will Radcliffe get a new secondary school?
A funding bid for a new secondary school has been submitted to the Government and we are due to hear the outcome of that bid in the coming months.
The Council fully supports this bid and we have been working with all those involved to help deliver a successful outcome for Radcliffe.
Do the plans include sufficient affordable housing to meet demand?
The plans include significant levels of new homes in and around the centre and many of these will be affordable. The vision is to create a mix of house types and sizes to reflect the diverse needs of residents and this includes homes for younger families to help improve the vibrancy of the town.
What will the SRF offer in terms of leisure?
The proposals include the creation of new leisure facilities in the town. This could form part of the public hub proposals and/or it could be located alongside the secondary school.
What is being proposed in terms of movement and transport?
The SRF seeks to rebalance the streets within the core of the town centre, creating a pedestrian friendly environment and encouraging active travel. The strategy also seeks to improve connectivity between the town centre and its surroundings, including parks and green spaces, the canal and both existing and proposed residential areas.
This includes an identified need to develop a town centre parking strategy which incorporates measures to reduce the use of the private car in the town centre and which promotes sustainable travel options such as bus, tram, walking and cycling. The aim should be to reduce congestion and on-street visitor parking and to ensure that commuter parking only takes place at the Metrolink car park.
How can I find out more information on the SRF?
For further information or assistance on the consultation process, email email@example.com.
Radcliffe Action Plan
What is the Radcliffe Action Plan and how does it relate to the Radcliffe Strategic Regeneration Framework?
The Radcliffe Action Plan signalled the start of a new phase in Radcliffe's regeneration. The key aim of the Radcliffe Action Plan is to identify a number of short-term measures to improve the town's visual appearance, public realm, perceived safety, vibrancy and identity. These short-term measures would, in turn, provide the foundation and momentum for a more integrated and longer-term strategic approach to Radcliffe's regeneration that will be developed through the SRF.
Who has been involved in the production of the Radcliffe Action Plan?
The overall plan of activity was produced by the Council in response to issues that had been raised through the Radcliffe Task Group, and also activity that had been identified through previous work in Radcliffe.
Two consultancies were commissioned to develop key areas of the Action Plan - White Young Green (WYG) and Thinking Place.
WYG were engaged to develop a public realm improvement and wayfinding strategy including both shorter- and longer-term projects. Thinking Place developed a brand for Radcliffe based on some of its key assets such as its river, its community and its location. The Radcliffe brand has already been incorporated into the public realm improvement works using a range of brand colour and text. The brand will be used to support the ongoing regeneration of Radcliffe.
Which projects from the Radcliffe Action Plan have been delivered so far?
The Radcliffe Action Plan identifies a number of short-term projects designed to help kick-start regeneration activity and to generate interest from wider stakeholders. The aim of these works is to gain early momentum to improve the overall attractiveness and improved image for Radcliffe, (see Radcliffe Action Plan Projects (in pictures)) thus helping to increase footfall, business confidence and encourage further investment.
Many of the identified projects have now been completed, namely:
- Public realm improvements;
- Improved street signage;
- Events and animation;
- Place branding and marketing; and
- Improved CCTV.
These have brought a number of benefits to Radcliffe, including:
- Increased and improved quality seating along key pedestrian routes (Church Street West) and at key focal points (the Piazza);
- Re-surfacing of the footways along Church Street West;
- Improved information for all visitors and town centre users (wayfinding or information totems);
- A strengthened Radcliffe identity, with a branding toolkit that will be utilised as part of on-going regeneration initiatives;
- Environmental improvements and greening of the town centre (including a 'green wall' and planters);
- Enhanced pedestrian routes and spaces (e.g. links with ASDA and the centre / improved space adjacent to the market for events);
- Increased security, with the installation of new CCTV cameras and upgrading existing cameras; and
- A number of events within the town centre, to attract increasing footfall and repeat visits.
Which projects from the Radcliffe Action Plan are still outstanding and when will they be resolved?
Work on two further projects from the Action Plan (a shop front improvement scheme and a parking management scheme) is on-going. When these schemes are fully implemented, the shop front improvement scheme will provide additional environmental benefits in terms of improving the townscape and street scene in Radcliffe town centre and the car parking management scheme will help to reduce congestion along key routes and enhance the quality of life of residents living near to Radcliffe Metrolink station.
Shop Front Improvement Scheme
This project provides grants of up to 80% (up to a maximum of £8,000 and excluding VAT) of the cost of eligible improvement works for retail properties which meet the scheme criteria. These improvement works are aimed at enhancing the business environment and include, for example, the provision of new shop fronts, painting, rendering and new signage.
Car Parking Management Scheme
Following completion of a car parking survey and analysis, a residents parking scheme has been developed for the area around Bridgefield Street, which is in close proximity to the Metrolink station. Detailed resident engagement took place in July 2019 and the scheme details have now been progressed along with the traffic regulations orders.
The scheme was due to become fully operational in May but implementation has been delayed due to the on-going Covid-19 situation. It is now anticipated that letters will be sent out to residents in September, this will allow residents to acquire any permits that they will require for when the scheme becomes fully operational in November.
Radcliffe Task Group
What is the Radcliffe Task Group and what is its role?
The Radcliffe Regeneration Task Group includes:
- Key Council Officers involved in regeneration initiatives in Radcliffe;
- All Radcliffe ward Members; and
- A range of community and business groups.
The Radcliffe Task Group (RTG) helps to shape regeneration activity in Radcliffe.
The RTG members and wider community and business representatives have been instrumental in the formation of the Radcliffe Action Plan (RAP) and the Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF), attending workshops, presentations, identifying key aspects of the SRF and RAP, as well as, contributing to projects such as the development of the Radcliffe branding.
The RTG will continue to have an integral role moving forward, helping to support the Programme Management Office in the delivery of the SRF's projects.
How can I get involved in the Radcliffe Task Group?
In order to keep discussions within the Radcliffe Task Group manageable, we intend to keep its membership limited.
Nevertheless, if you wish to put yourself or your business or organisation forward to become a formal member of the Radcliffe Task Group, then please contact us (see below).
We will share updates from the Radcliffe Task Group meetings on the Radcliffe Task Group page.
As part of the SRF's consultation a live public webinar was held on 22 July as an alternative to face-to-face drop in sessions. The session featured a presentation and a Q & A panel session but due to time limitations the panel were not able to answer every question submitted. Those questions which were unanswered on the night are viewable below. Please note that the answers to the submitted questions have been updated as of 3 September to ensure they reflect the most up to date information.
The recording of the webinar session is viewable here: YouTube - Radcliffe Regeneration Webinar
Funding, delivery and implementation
How can it be ensured that the SRF will be fully financed through from short term interventions to the end of its implementation including all required purchases on land and buildings?
The Council is fully committed to the regeneration of Radcliffe and as such has procured widely respected planning consultants Deloitte to produce the SRF.
The Council has already made a budget provision of £700,000 to help drive forward the next phase of regeneration. The Council's Cabinet has indicated its intention to set up a Programme Management Office to help oversee the implementation of the proposed projects.
The SRF proposals will not be funded entirely by the Council but it will form the basis of funding bids to central government and it is intended that early improvements and the certainty brought by the plan will help make it easier to leverage capital from private investors.
Recent proposed legislative changes mean that commercial property can be regarded as residential - could this increase the value of properties as to make them unviable for use in the SRF?
It is not anticipated that these legislative changes will impact materially on Radcliffe's land prices. Across the borough use of existing permitted development rights to turn employment land into residential land is uncommon.
How much money has been set aside for the SRF and has this remained constant throughout the process?
The Council has allocated a budget of £700,000 for Radcliffe regeneration in 2020/21 and this has remained consistent since the SRF was first announced.
Will the SRF increase my Council tax?
There is no reason why the SRF would result in an increase in Council tax.
Will the SRF utilise monies acquired through previous land sales for the regeneration plans?
There is no direct link to the sale of previous land receipts and the regeneration proposals.
How will interested parties remain involved to help make the best of any decisions which are made?
The SRF has a large number of stakeholders all working together and every effort will be made to ensure that cooperation continues. A strong commitment has been made to cross party cooperation from Radcliffe Ward Members.
Currently, the Radcliffe Regeneration Task Group (RRTG) is the main forum for dialogue but it is likely that additional forums will be established to drive the proposals forward.
How will the Council ensure that local companies are involved in the SRF's implementation?
The Council Procurement Strategy specifically supports the concept of 'Buying into Bury' and aims to ensure as much of the council's budget as possible is retained within the borough by spending with local businesses. With this in mind, when requests for quotation are issued for contracts up to £50,000 in value at least one Bury-based supplier has to be included - if there are suitable suppliers in Bury.
Social value is built in to our procurement processes. This allows us to consider wider social, environmental and economic benefits from our spending, including local employment and skills development, use of local subcontractors and materials suppliers and investment in local community groups. If acceptable from a policy perspective, and relevant to the procurement, for Radcliffe projects, we could consider a higher weighting for bidders who are able to demonstrate how contracting with them will bring benefit to the Radcliffe area.
Which pots of Government money will the SRF be bidding for?
It is intended that the SRF will be funded through a multitude of sources, including through direct Council investment, private sector funding, and monies from Central and Regional Government.
As the SRF is a multi-faceted plan, meaning governmental funding sources will be diverse. For example, elements of funding for housing development could come from Homes England, and funding for the high school could come from the Department for Education (DfE) subject to the school bid being accepted by the DfE.
Some of the proposed interventions could potentially access the following sources of funding:
- Future High Street Fund (Central Government)
- Towns Fund (Central Government)
- Town centre challenge (Greater Manchester Combined Authority)
The landscape of governmental funding sources is subject to frequent changes, as such, more certainty on this matter can be provided after the September budget.
Will the SRF increase the congestion on Radcliffe's streets?
The SRF is designed to reduce congestion and to encourage alternative forms of transportation to be utilised in the centre and the town more broadly. These improvements to Radcliffe's pedestrian and cycling infrastructure will help make those forms of transportation more appealing and may reduce traffic levels within Radcliffe.
However, the SRF is a high level plan, as such, specific details relating to transportation will be covered in more technical papers as part of detailed designs of the interventions. For example, the detailed planning applications associated with the secondary school and East Lancs Paper Mill will need to consider traffic issues and provide appropriate mitigation in and around their sites, as well as other key junctions that are impacted by their development.
Borough-wide transportation proposals will emerge as part of the wider Development Plan process and transport strategies.
What is the SRF's parking strategy?
The SRF's parking strategy will see visitor parking in the core limited to short stay visits, commuter parking only taking place at the Metrolink car park and longer stay car parking taking place in dedicated car parks at the periphery of the town centre.
The status of the car parks in Radcliffe's centre will be reviewed, as some areas could attract developer interest for proposals which are in line with the initiatives and strategies of the SRF. A site or sites for the new long stay car park must be well designed and interlink with the core as well as Radcliffe's blue and green infrastructure.
The SRF's parking strategy approach ensures that Radcliffe remains accessible, while helping the town centre to become more pedestrian friendly.
How will pedestrians be able to safely cross Pilkington Way without disrupting traffic flow?
In the draft SRF, proposals were made for the Asda car park to be the location for the new long stay car park. This would have consolidated the centre's car parking on the opposite side of the Pilkington Way to the town centre.
After feedback from the consultation the proposal to consolidate the centre's car parking on Asda's car park has been removed.
Despite the alterations to the draft SRF, the Council remain committed to improving the area around Pilkington Way for pedestrians.
Why do we need more parking at the Metrolink?
A planning application relating to the erection of a third deck on Radcliffe Metrolink's car park has been submitted. The proposal will be assessed against its impact on the road network.
As set out in the SRF, this proposal is part of a wider proposal to improve transport connectivity in and around Radcliffe. As well as supporting sustainable transport opportunities the proposals are a response to issues faced by local residents with Metrolink users parking on streets around the tram stop.
Decked car parks can attract crime, how will the SRF mitigate against this?
The proposed delivery mechanism for the SRF will involve ongoing input from key stakeholders via various routes, including the Radcliffe Regeneration Task Group which includes Greater Manchester Police representation.
In order to help deter crime in the first instance the design of any new parking provision will include the latest guidance on "designing out crime" and the TfGM CCTV system will also assist in monitoring use of the parking areas.
How can the bus station be improved?
The SRF's proposals are still at a high level and specific details have not yet been decided.
Proposals being considered for the bus station include the addition of a sculptural element to provide a sense of arrival; the provision of extra seating and enhanced coverings to shield bus users from the weather.
Will the SRF improve bus regularity or introduce new routes?
Responsibility for Greater Manchester's buses and bus routes rests with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). TfGM have worked closely with the Council in the production of the SRF and continued close dialogue will be held throughout the SRF's delivery but at the moment there are no proposals for extra bus routes.
Are there plans to bring lighting / CCTV to the banana path?
In response to local community feedback, lighting and three CCTV cameras have been installed on the lower Banana Path.
The proposed construction of the high school could significantly alter the nature of the Banana Path when it is used by students, which could improve the path's safety.
Why is the bridge from Rectory Lane to Pioneer Mills not listed for rebuilding?
Conversations are ongoing about the rebuilding of the bridge linking Pioneer Mills to Radcliffe.
Could there be a bridge built from Springwater Park to Close Park as part of the SRF?
The SRF does not contain any proposals for a bridge in that location. As the delivery of the SRF progresses, however, more detailed projects around green and blue infrastructure will be developed. The construction of a bridge at this site may be considered at this point as a longer term project.
How will the SRF help Radcliffe's resident's access digital technologies especially those who cannot use it already?
The SRF proposes to create and connect all new developments to a first class digital infrastructure. There will be opportunities for improvements to the digital infrastructure to support the public service design and to benefit the wider community in the early phases of Radcliffe's transformation.
Skills and education
How does the new school relate to the SRF?
The delivery of a new high school at Coney Green is one of the SRF's proposals; therefore, it is an integral part of the SRF as well as a key Council priority.
How soon will it open its doors and will it utilise any existing buildings?
The draft timescale for the school reopening is September 2023 but this is dependent on whether funding is secured from Government. The Department for Education (DfE) will hopefully make a decision on the submitted bid during the summer or early autumn. Talks on the matter have been positive so far and provided that the DfE funding is confirmed shortly then the draft timescale is realistic.
The experience from the construction of other recent schools at Castlebrook and Elton is that it is the design and planning phase lasts for approximately 12 months, with a 15 month build programme.
It is intended that the school will be a new build and that it will not utilise any existing buildings but this will depend on funding.
Will the school be mainstream and how many pupils will it hold?
The school will be mainstream and there are no plans to amalgamate the Pupil Referral Unit within the new secondary school. As such, a new site may be required for the Referral Unit and Council Officers are actively looking at possible locations.
It is proposed that initially the school will accommodate approximately 600 pupils and this will gradually increase to 7 form entry.
Why has the school been proposed on this site?
The school site was chosen for its strategic location as it is situated close to the town centre, and it is easily accessible by foot, bus, tram and bicycle for citizens all around Radcliffe.
Will the SRF provide any new spaces for the local community to take up and learn new skills?
The Council is acutely aware of the challenges that Radcliffe faces around adult skills. It is intended that as part of the proposed Council Hub in the centre of town a flexible space could be opened up as a learning space for adults.
Why are the leisure facilities proposed to be built in two separate locations rather than one, why have the particular sites for leisure been chosen in the SRF and what facilities will the new leisure offer have?
The plans for Radcliffe's leisure facilities remain among the most fluid parts of the SRF and will remain so until the completion and production of the Borough-wide leisure review. As such, the exact position and format of the leisure facilities is not decided.
The SRF proposes two potential locations, the civic hub for dry leisure and along with the high school for wet leisure. Radcliffe has a clear need for wet and dry leisure facilities and the ideal location would be integrated within the civic hub in the heart of Radcliffe to help enliven the town centre. However, the space is not large enough to fit an appropriately sized wet leisure area.
Wet and dry leisure could be integrated in a more peripheral site but then the town centre would miss out on the benefits of having the extra footfall. By sharing space with the school site opportunities to build the likes of an athletics track may be possible (subject to the outcomes of the leisure review).
Across the country leisure facilities are changing away from the leisure centre model to flexible and inclusive spaces where community groups can meet as well.
The specific facilities offered will also be made more certain through the leisure review.
Retail and the town centre
The SRF proposes a focused retail strategy, what does this mean?
A focused retail strategy means having fewer but higher quality retail units, making Radcliffe town centre more sustainable. Radcliffe currently is oversaturated with retailers, making the town centre highly vulnerable to the impacts from shoppers going online to buy.
The strategy anticipates that some retail units will have to stop trading over the coming years and encourages converting them into uses such as restaurants and cafes which will merge daytime and night-time functions, thus increasing dwell time in Radcliffe's centre.
The second element to this strategy is the redevelopment of the 1960's block in the centre of Radcliffe into a Civic Hub. The buildings currently include a number of retail units and it is anticipated that this number will be reduced as part of the changes.
When buildings are knocked down will the businesses currently in them be re-housed in Radcliffe?
The Council is committed to aiding the businesses impacted by the renovation of the 1960's block, but it is too early to fully understand the arrangements.
How much money has been spent on the shop front grants and what will happen with any money left over?
The shop front improvement programme provides grants of up to 80% (up to a maximum of £8,000 and excluding VAT) of the cost of eligible improvement works for retail properties which meet the scheme criteria.
£100,000 was earmarked for the programme by the Council as part of the Radcliffe Action Plan and approximately £60,000 is left over from the first phase.
The second phase is likely to commence in the early autumn. Priority will be given to projects within the SRF area.
How is it ensured that the shop fronts won't damage the character of the buildings?
The shop fronts are not bound by a prescriptive design, but all recipients of the grant need to meet the scheme criteria in terms of enhancing the appearance of their premises and would be assessed accordingly, with all projects subject to planning permission being obtained.
Why does Radcliffe need more housing and could some of the housing sites be better served as employment sites?
A mix of housing is required to meet the needs of Radcliffe's existing residents, to attract new residents into Radcliffe and to help address latent demand.
The SRF includes a number of large sites for residential development and proposes a "whole town approach" to bring through comprehensive rather than piecemeal redevelopment. This model has been used elsewhere and allows for specific groups to be catered for.
It is also anticipated that the housing coming forward near to the centre would be of a higher density than traditional family housing. Meaning that these extra individuals are well positioned to enliven the town centre.
It should be noted that these either benefit from existing planning permissions or have had permission previously; therefore, the principle of development has been established. But the details of these developments will be worked up in detailed planning applications, which will have to address a number of issues including their impact on the local road network.
The SRF does encourage new employment development, notably through the proposals for Market Chambers, the Civic Hub and bringing businesses with higher job densities to the centre with the focused retail strategy.
Light industrial uses will also be encouraged in the Bradley Fold industrial park.
Is the East Lancs Paper Mill site too polluted to build on?
Full site investigations, including surveys to identify potential contamination issues and any remediation measures, will be required as part of the redevelopment of this site.
Much harm has been done to Radcliffe's townscape by people with good intentions how do we know that this will be different?
The SRF is intentionally designed to respect the scale of industrial-era Radcliffe, will help empower pedestrians and seeks to improve the townscape and landscape of the area.
Will Radcliffe be made easier for disabled people to traverse?
The Council is committed to ensuring that the borough's towns are as accessible as possible for all. There is a broad spectrum of different disabilities and much of the work to ensure that Radcliffe is fully inclusive will come at a more detailed technical stage.
Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF)
How does the SRF relate to the GMSF?
The GMSF is a completely separate entity to the SRF. The two are not dependant or interlinked and both will have their own consultation processes.
The proposals in the SRF are stand alone and delivery / funding programmes will be on the basis of the SRF rather than any other strategies. The aim is to gain approval for the SRF and the proposals within it to allow bidding for any external funding programmes to assist fiscal stimulus.
The GMSF is referenced in the SRF because the Council took the view that it would be disingenuous to completely ignore the GMSF even though the two strategies are not linked.
Will the GMSF impact upon any of the proposals in the SRF?
Should the proposals set out within the revised GMSF be adopted as part of the Borough's development plan they will have no direct bearing upon the projects set out within the SRF.
Could any of the SRF proposals exacerbate Radcliffe's flooding?
Any development which may impact upon flooding has to submit evidence to demonstrate that flood risk is not increased on site or further downstream as part of the planning process.
Where appropriate, developments will have to be accompanied by sufficient mitigation. All measures taken would have to be assessed and accepted by the Environment Agency.
Could the proposed riverside walk ways be washed away?
The proposals for the riverside walkways would only be installed if it could be demonstrated that they are safe. Dialogue is ongoing with the Environment Agency on this matter.
What are the SRF's plans for the old Town Hall Building and the Whittaker Street offices?
The SRF does not propose specific changes to the old Town Hall building. Since 1999 the building has been used as residential accommodation.
Should the Whittaker Street offices become surplus to requirements as part of the Civic hub proposals site options will be investigated including residential and employment options.
What impact will current planning applications have on the SRF?
The only outstanding planning application relevant to the SRF is an application for the construction of an additional deck on the Metrolink car park. This proposal accords with the SRF proposals.
What efforts have been taken to involve the whole of Radcliffe's community in the SRF?
The draft Radcliffe SRF was subject to public consultation for a six-week period from 22 June to 3 August 2020. During that period of time views of the wider public, businesses and other key partners were sought.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it was not possible to use some of the more traditional methods of consultation i.e. face-to-face meetings or drop-in sessions. Consequently, a number of different approaches have been introduced to raise the profile of the consultation process and to maximise engagement with local residents and stakeholder.
Feedback was encouraged via an online questionnaire, by post or email. A dedicated phone line and email address were set up to enable people to find out more information or to request hard copies of documents.
The consultation process has included:
- A specific Radcliffe SRF consultation page on the Council's web site which included full and summary versions of the SRF, Frequently Asked Questions and stakeholder questionnaire.
- A summary leaflet sent directly to households in all three Radcliffe Wards.
- Unstaffed promotional exhibition panels at Asda, Lidl, Dunelm, Market Chambers, Radcliffe Market and the Primary Care Centre.
- Press releases and press features.
- Targeted social media adverts on Facebook and Instagram running throughout the consultation period.
- Distribution of social media assets and SRF leaflet to community and business contacts/stakeholders.
- Presentations to elected Members and Bury South MP; and to the Radcliffe Regeneration Task Group
The public Webinar, which was held on 22 July as an alternative to face-to-face drop in sessions, featured a presentation and Q & A panel session. This is available to view on this page. Questions that the panel were unable to answer on the night have been included on this page.
Will there be a physical place where people can view the maps and plans?
Until the Covid situation is resolved it is unlikely that there will be a physical deposit point where people can see the maps and plans. However, you may request a physical copy to be posted to you - for more information please us via the links at the bottom of this page.
These can also be viewed online and comments can be submitted via the feedback form.