The Public Realm Strategy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is a planning policy document that focuses on the public realm and public spaces within the Borough of Oadby and Wigston. The document supplements current and emerging planning policies contained within the Saved Local Plan, the Core Strategy, the Town Centres Area Action Plan and the Local Plan Review.

Set out in the Core Strategy, and the Town Centres Area Action Plan, the town centre of Wigston and the two district centres of Oadby and South Wigston are fundamental to the aspirations, improvements and development of the entire borough. Allied to this must be an improvement in the quality of the borough’s public realm. The Council must develop a vision for its streets and spaces of the three centres, to improve, not only their image but to establish a better position for potential investment. Examples of the Public Realm Strategy vision can be seen within the recent public realm transformation works in the centres of Wigston and Oadby.

So why produce a Public Realm Strategy?

The Borough's streets and public spaces are a public service that is available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round. With this demand comes a need for public spaces that are of high quality, designed to be efficient and are flexible for different users needs. Currently, the public realm within the Borough is not of a standard commensurate to its status.

The aim of this Public Realm Strategy is to add value to the policies in the Town Centres Area Action Plan and the implementation of development schemes in the town and district centres, other regeneration areas, and the wider Borough. It also sets out public realm best practice examples, new design and material standards and style. It seeks to give guidance as to how the streets can be reclaimed by the pedestrian rather than the motor vehicle and bring the environmental standards up to a level commensurate with the status afforded the centres by the Town Centres Area Action Plan and the Core Strategy. Improvements to the public realm of the three centres will create a sense of pride, local distinctiveness and positive identity that generates social and economic confidence. The Public Realm Strategy will apply to any new development where there is public access or where development is likely to have an impact on the public realm.

Public Realm Strategy Supplementary Planning Document September 2012 (PDF Document, 11.49 Mb)

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