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Issue:- 10 April 2014

Experts team to deliver new vision for Crosby Village

INDEPENDENT experts have been appointed to help revitalise Crosby Village in partnership with the local community.  A multi-disciplinary team has been commissioned by Sefton Council to produce a detailed investment strategy for the town aiming to create a thriving retail and leisure centre.

The strategy will consider key issues including infrastructure needs, public space, vacant sites, challenges for the town and how new development can be integrated into the existing surroundings. It will also allow local residents and stakeholders to have a genuine say; with the project team inviting everyone to help shape a vision for Crosby for the next 20 years.

Leading planning consultant Nexus Planning will be supported by global architecture practice Broadway Malyan and property and development agents Aspinal Verdi, while JMP Consultants will look at transport issues.  The appointment follows a detailed procurement exercise by Sefton Council who are funding the strategy from the Capital Priorities Fund.

The work will be overseen by both the Council and the Crosby Town Team. It will help underpin other recent Town Team projects including successful markets and the Christmas switch-on.

Alan Lunt, Sefton Council's Director of Built Environment, said:- "Crosby has some unique characteristics and huge potential. The strategy will help bring together both ours and the Town Team's ambition for Crosby and clearly set out the Council's position.   Although a strategy will not immediately resolve the issues facing Crosby, it is a vital component in planning a future for the town and, ultimately, driving the vision and investment that is needed. Throughout the process we will continue to talk to local residents, stakeholders and businesses to help develop the strategy."

The strategy will help underpin projects by the Crosby Town Team that have recently included successful markets and the Christmas switch-on.

Ali Hulse, Chair of The Town Team, said:- "The Strategy is vital for Crosby in the long term in setting out an ambitious vision and the Town Team will make sure that everyone gets a say on the future direction. The Town Team are continuing to work on a number of initiatives to help attract footfall back to the village. The strategy will help us even further in achieving our main aim of transforming Crosby village into a vibrant and bustling centre once again."

Peter Tooher, Director at Nexus Planning, said:- "This appointment is testament to our skills and experience in delivering successful Town Centre schemes, as well our work with town teams through the Association of Convenience Stores, and with the community on a number of neighbourhood plan projects. We look forward to partnering with the stakeholders of Crosby to create a shared, deliverable vision for the Town Centre."

Nexus Planning is a national planning and regeneration consultancy operating from London, Manchester and Weybridge in Surrey. It advises both public and private sector clients on land use and planning, and provides a service that covers policy and strategic planning advice through to detailed development management and implementation.  T

he practice's Manchester office has recently delivered successful regeneration frameworks for the likes of Northwich, Macclesfield and Shrewsbury.  

The multi-disciplinary team was appointed on 1 April and the project is expected to last 6 months.

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