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Consultation: Draft Kirkby Town Centre Spatial Masterplan

We are seeking additional public feedback on the Draft Kirkby Town Centre Spatial Masterplan – Shaping Kirkby’s Future, and also the Draft Stations Masterplan (Kirkby and Sutton Parkway).

Notice of consultations on:

  • Draft Kirkby Town Centre Spatial Masterplan - Shaping Kirkby’s Future
  • Draft Stations Masterplans (Kirkby and Sutton Parkway)

Consultation open Monday 5 October - 5pm Monday 16 November 2020

A public consultation on these documents was held in March 2020 but was paused due to the pandemic. This consultation extends the opportunity for local residents and organisations to give their views. Responses to the March consultation have been considered and incorporated as appropriate into the masterplans.

As part of the consultation, a prize draw of £100 will be offered to one lucky respondent who completes the consultation comment form. The winner will be drawn at random.

The consultation on the Draft Kirkby Town Centre Spatial Masterplan - Shaping Kirkby's Future and the Draft Stations Masterplan (Kirkby and Sutton Parkway) opens on Monday 5 October 2020 and closes at 5pm Monday 16 November 2020. 

Draft Kirkby Town Centre Spatial Masterplan – Shaping Kirkby’s Future

The proposed Kirkby Town Centre Spatial Masterplan will replace the Masterplan for Kirkby in Ashfield (and Sutton in Ashfield) undertaken by ARUP in 2007. The updated document aims to provide a high-level framework for future investment and development which maximises the opportunities for Kirkby and capitalises on its existing assets. In particular it:

  • provides a consensus and common understanding of Kirkby town centre as a place, its character and identity
  • establishes a clear vision for Kirkby town centre to guide its development and improvements to 2030
  • provides clear design principles for subsequent new development / projects with an emphasis on sustainability
  • identifies sites and buildings where redevelopment and improvements will be encouraged
  • aims to improve links to and within the town centre for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users
  • sets out how developments/projects and initiatives could be delivered, who would be involved in delivery, how they might be funded and by what mechanism
  • provides an evidence base for the emerging Local Plan.

The Masterplan is not inflexible or prescriptive, and it is not intended to provide detailed projects or design solutions. Nor does it represent a commitment to funding from us.

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Draft Stations Masterplans (Kirkby and Sutton Parkway)

We are seeking public feedback on proposed new plans to allow the Kirkby and Sutton Parkway station locations to respond positively to the benefits of potential plans to reopen the disused Maid Marian Line for passenger trains.

As part of the plans, the 2 stations could receive significant upgrades, which would include improving accessibility. It is hoped that the railway line link could link with the proposed HS2 station at Toton, meaning travellers in Kirkby and Sutton could access the high speed route.

The Station Masterplans in particular:

  • show how the potential improvements in and around the stations could be capitalised on to create enhanced places and better connectivity for local residents
  • consider the sense of arrival at each of the station and identify sites for development around the stations, along with opportunities for public realm improvements
  • provide a framework for future private / public investment in the areas around the stations.

The Masterplans are not inflexible or prescriptive, and are not intended to provide definitive projects or design solutions. Nor does it represent a commitment to funding from us.

Please note that the Masterplans document should be read in conjunction with the Maid Marian Line Economic Impact Analysis report.

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How to respond to the consultation

The Kirkby Town Centre Spatial Masterplan and the Draft Stations Masterplans (Kirkby and Sutton Parkway) are available in the related documents section of this web page. 

The accompanying report - Maid Marian Line Economic Impact Analysis: Ashfield Benefits report June 2020 is also available in the related documents section. 

Comments on any element of the Draft Kirkby Town Centre Spatial Masterplan, Draft Stations Masterplans (Kirkby and Sutton Parkway) and accompanying Maid Marian Line Economic Impact Analysis report are welcomed.

As part of the consultation, a prize draw of £100 will be offered to one lucky respondent who completes the consultation comment form. The winner will be drawn at random. The terms and conditions for the prize draw are available to view. 

Comments can be made by:

The completed form should then be sent to:

Forward Planning Team
Ashfield District Council
Urban Road
Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Nottinghamshire
NG17 8DA.

Ways to contact us about the consultation and draft masterplans

Further information is available by contacting us by: