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New Forest District Council launches three-month consultation on plan to regenerate Totton town centre

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A THREE-month public consultation has been launched as New Forest District Council seeks locals’ views ahead of publishing a plan to regenerate Totton town centre.

As reported in the A&T, the council’s cabinet agreed to produce an initial plan to create a vision for the town, described in a report as “a key urban centre”.

To gain input from residents, businesses and local organisations the NFDC appointed a team from consultancy firm Feria Urbanism, who took to the streets recently to ask residents for their thoughts.

NFDC wants to regenerate the town centre
NFDC wants to regenerate the town centre

The council has also launched an online consultation in the form of a questionnaire which runs until 2nd September.

NFDC’s cabinet member for planning, Cllr Diane Andrews, said: “This is a really valuable initial engagement phase.

“Our aim is that over the next few months what we learn from this will better inform a shared vision and a regeneration plan and give new emphasis and renewed focus for our role in helping to regenerate Totton, a key local area with many opportunities.”

An update presented to councillors in May outlined how shaping a vision for the town would play an important role in NFDC’s Local Plan, which sets out where development outside the national park until 2036.

It revealed options including shopping areas becoming homes or leisure venues. It also wants to reverse the current trend of piecemeal town centre development.

Ideas included the need for brownfield sites to play more of a role, addressing climate change, and building on the emerging Waterside transport strategy, which potentially includes multi-million-pound upgrades to the A326 and reopening the passenger rail service to Fawley.

The plan would also look at the future use of public land, ways to deliver cultural and heritage regeneration, and how to optimise the opportunities from the Solent freeport.

With 5,000 new homes and 18 hectares of employment land set be delivered across the eastern edge of the district over the next decade, there is a “need for Totton to refine itself”, the report to cabinet members stated.

Feedback can be submitted at www.totton-vision.org

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