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Please join us for a walking tour to help us identify the cultural and heritage highlights of the Bridport and the surrounding area. Together we can identify what we want to celebrate how we go about celebrating heritage in the future. Bring your kids too, we want to listen to everyone!

The walking tours will be led by Feria Urbanism, a design and planning practice that has been appointed by Bridport Town Council to support this Streetscape & Heritage Interpretation Study.

For more information, please click here.

Background

The Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan contains a dedicated section with policies regarding the future management and development of the area defined as the Centre of Bridport – see: https://www.bridport-tc.gov.uk/projects/neighbourhood-plan/

A key piece of work that the community volunteers involved in the BANP identified, but were unable to undertake or commission, was the need to review the functionality of the current streetscape/public realm and audit heritage interpretation. It is especially important, given the demography of the Town, to consider the needs of an ageing population and those with mobility issues.

A companion BANP Project study, published in 2021,  considered Access & Movement in and around the centre of Bridport. The A&M study will inform the streetscape planning and heritage interpretation recommendations that flow from the proposed commission.

A Town Centre Working Group was established by Bridport Town Council in 2019 to oversee and drive delivery of policy ambitions and projects related to the future of the centre Of Bridport. A Town Centre Health Check has been undertaken in 2019 and 2021; see:

https://www.bridport-tc.gov.uk/healthcheck/

BANP Project 01

A study is required to set out actions to create a visually integrated, uncluttered and fully accessible streetscape for the main retail streets in the town centre taking into account necessary resting places, pedestrian safety, access for those with mobility issues and the needs of people with disabilities.

The study should explore the idea of defining and branding distinct ‘quarters’, identifying and suitably interpreting the special and distinct heritage assets of the centre of Bridport. The study will need to involve extensive consultation with the wider community, especially traders and businesses.

BANP Project 03

A strategy is required to define, guide and plan the heritage interpretation activities across the neighbourhood plan area. The strategy will draw on the output from Project 01 and require extensive consultation with local parishes, voluntary groups and statutory agencies.

Streetscape/ Interpretation Study requirements

1) The ambition of the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan is to create a high-quality public realm throughout the Centre of Bridport. The streetscape analysis will consider options for:

  • Reinforcing the distinct sense of place and unique identity of Bridport, including revisiting the idea of defined ‘quarters’ around the town;
  • Prioritise walking (including mobility vehicles and pushchairs)and cycling around the Bridport area;
  • Reducing signage and street furniture clutter;
  • Promoting safe, secure, and accessible for all spaces;
  • Permeable, legible, and better-connected spaces;
  • Further developing the popular street market and outdoor events;
  • Improving weather protection and resting points for shoppers;
  • Promoting low carbon, natural materials, locally sourced where possible and
  • Delivering good value for money.

2) The ambition of the heritage interpretation analysis is to provide coherent, coordinated and well-connected interpretation across the Bridport Area. The interpretation analysis will consider options for:

  • Encouraging local communities to engage with, value and celebrate their heritage;
  • Helping people to experience, understand and value heritage;
  • Promoting sustainable visits to the town;
  • Better harnessing heritage to promote and support the local economy;
  • Using sustainable natural materials that are durable, easy to maintain and compatible with a shift to a circular economy.

Feria Urbanism have been appointed as consultants for this commission and will start work in May 2022. A final report is expected in September 2022.

Further Information contact:

david.dixon@bridport-tc.gov.uk

 

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