Major overhaul for Plymouth city centre with changes to roads and shopping
THE city centre is to get a major overhaul to make it fit for the nation’s new shopping habits.
Old Town Street, near Drake Circus Mall, is to be turned into a restaurant quarter, with a major revamp of the “public realm” in the area, Cllr Mark Lowry, the city’s Cabinet member for finance, said yesterday.
Some of the empty shops there could be turned into restaurants, he said.
Stalled proposals to revamp the West End are to be kick-started.
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This is likely to include the proposal to reopen Frankfort Gate to traffic.
In the 2006 proposal for 20 projects in 20 years for the West End, cars were to be allowed to turn into Frankfort Gate from Western Approach.
“Officers are currently looking at proposals to open it up and improve the public realm in the area,” Cllr Lowry said.
In addition to the £7million facelift now starting on the Theatre Royal, Cllr Lowry said work would be done to link the theatre to the West End.
“We are looking at the way pedestrians and traffic interact,” he said. This is likely to include taking down the central railings on Royal Parade
“We need our city centre to be vibrant, not only during the day but in the evening.”
He said the potential development of a hotel in the Civic Centre building “would go a long way to bringing the city to life”.
“We are pushing forward the Mackay Vision for the city centre. It is still relevant and we need to continue with it.
“Land owners in the city centre are realising that the return on their investment is insignificant.
“In future they are just not going to get the return on their investment through retail.
“The city centre needs to fundamentally change to reflect fundamental changes in the way people shop.
“Things like pop-up shops will be needed. There will have to be greater provision of leisure, residential and office space.”
But he said this would create a virtuous circle, where more people living or working in the city centre would help some shops to survive.
“That is why when we redevelop the Civic Centre we want to keep a majority of council workers in the city centre because they do provide support for retailers.”
He vowed to robustly defend the city centre against unwanted out-of-town development.