Residents are to be asked to help produce a masterplan for Bury St Edmunds’ town centre to ensure its continued prosperity.
A public consultation will be held next spring for the community to have their say on how the town centre - named just a year ago as one of Britain’s top five high streets - can continue to be relevant and interesting for the future.
The masterplan is needed as at least 5,740 homes are set to be built in Bury by 2031.
Cllr Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet member for planning and growth, said: “Our ambition is for our town to continue to be vibrant and prosperous.
“With or without a masterplan, growth is coming - but a masterplan co-produced by our communities will help us shape how that evolves.”
“We need to look to 2031 and beyond to make sure we have the right mix of town centre retail, leisure and culture, not just to meet demand for our own increasing number of residents, but to continue supporting the local economy by promoting Bury as a place for visitors to come and spend their money.
“We know that there are current pinch points to the parking and roads infrastructure – a masterplan gives us the opportunity to tackle these issues, plan for future growth and ensure that the town centre is accessible for everyone, no matter what their needs.”
It follows the first meeting of the Bury Town Centre Masterplan working group - comprising of representatives from Ourburystedmunds Business Improvement District, Bury Chamber of Commerce, the town’s market traders, the Bury Society, Bury Town Trust, Bury Town Council, the St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council.