Transformational plans for Lansdowne aiming for key milestone

Posted on Friday 23 October 2020

The first stage for delivering a transformational future vision for Lansdowne will be considered by Cabinet on Wednesday 11 November.

BCP Council’s long term vision for Lansdowne is to create an exciting and attractive place to live, work, study and enjoy. This will be achieved through a series of major investments into the public realm to create new urban areas for people to interact, sit outside, host meetings, enjoy events and innovate.

As part of delivering this future vision for the area, the council has set out plans for an initial delivery phase. This will create an attractive environment that will invite people to stay in the area longer, meet friends and spend time with colleagues. This will boost the dynamic and unique community that is already present in Lansdowne and encourage people back into local businesses.

Following feedback from residents, businesses and transport providers, the first phase will aim to deliver improvements to the public realm which do not require the closure of Holdenhurst Road. This will include art installations, seating and a new event space. In addition, a new segregated cycle route, improvements for local buses and safer pedestrian crossing points will be introduced. This will encourage more healthy, sustainable journeys through the area.

Councillor Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader of BCP Council and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Economy and Strategic Planning, said:

“I want to ensure we deliver improvements within the first phase which provide the most benefits to the community, while also supporting local businesses, economic recovery and better ways of travel post covid-19. That’s why we’ve listened to local people and businesses as we finalise the exciting plans for this area.’’

“This scheme will see huge improvements to how this area looks and feels, giving a new focal event area, dynamic and interesting public spaces and improvements to cycling and pedestrian movements. Our long term vision remains the same and if approved this will be a huge springboard towards securing further investment into the area.’’

In addition to the latest plans to be considered by Cabinet 11 November, a Lansdowne Cultural Consultation was also held at the end of September. This received some interesting comments from the public with key points highlighted a need for investment, desire for colour, more art in general and more places to sit. This is being used to inform an evolving cultural strategy for the area, which is expected to be unveiled later this year.

The full Cabinet report for Lansdowne is available to view online.