Plans for first step in WGC town centre regeneration unveiled
The council has unveiled proposals for Campus West car park to unlock the potential of other sites across WGC town centre for redevelopment.
The first step in the wider WGC 2120 plans could see the construction of a decked structure on the site of the existing surface level car park, increasing the number of spaces from 334 to 685.
This would release the Campus East car park for redevelopment at a later stage, without impacting the parking that serves the town and local businesses.
Proposals include two suspended floors above ground level, 10 electric car charging points and accessible parking spaces. The council would also install new cycle racks outside Campus West and next to the car park to encourage green travel.
WGC 2120 is an exciting opportunity to kick start a new phase of development in WGC, delivering new homes, retail space and supporting infrastructure in the heart of the town centre.
Funded by a £6.1m government grant, WGC 2120 encompasses five plots across the northern part of the town centre. In addition to the car parks at Campus East and West, the project considers how Hunters Bridge, Cherry Tree and the area between John Lewis and the bus station could be better used to shape the town's future.
The council is inviting everyone to have their say on proposals before submitting for planning approval.
Cllr Duncan Bell, Executive Member for Resources, said:
We've worked closely with Historic England in developing our plans to ensure we protect WGC's rich heritage, whilst helping to shape the town's prosperous future.
At its heart, the WGC 2120 project is about making sure WGC is fit for the future, maintaining the vibrancy of the town centre and its local economy.
We hope everyone who lives, works or visits WGC will take a look at the proposals and share their views.
The council has written to local residents and anyone without internet access can call 01707 357566 to be sent copies of the proposals.