Matchborough and Winyates district centres regeneration

If you have been watching the news recently you’ll know that the council currently hopes to form a partnership with a major developer in order to regenerate the Matchborough and Winyates centres, as part of a development that would create new homes in that area.

Matchborough District Centre 3

Winyates District Centre 1

The idea is still in its relatively early stages. The council is currently drawing up its list of requirements for the project, that a potential partner would need to satisfy, and that list is expected to be considered by councillors in September. The draft requirements are currently outlined as:

  • there would be extensive local public engagement in the development of proposals
  • the existing centres would be either refurbished or demolished and replaced
  • there would be a new health centre and  local food retail presence
  • no council housing stock would be lost
  • bus access would be maintained through the centres during and after redevelopment
  • there would be continuity for existing community facilities and businesses during the regeneration process
  • the council’s financial and other interests would be protected

Subject to the council agreeing its requirements, a formal procurement process to find a development partner would begin. That would see expressions of interest invited from construction companies with considerable experience of delivering major regeneration projects.

The council would then give the developer who responds most in line with its requirements the opportunity to join a development partnership, which on current timescales would happen in the spring of 2020.

At that point the partnership would then get to work to engage with the community to shape and put together actual redevelopment proposals for the centres.

Throughout the process regular progress updates will be made on this web page, in the local media, on our social media accounts (Facebook here, Twitter here, Instagram here), through ward councillors, and through letters sent directly to the residents and tenants of the current centres.

Establish principle

Test market

Set requirements (we are here)

Form partnership

Engage & consult

Design scheme

Agree scheme

Planning permission

Build

Technical phase

Engagement phase

Delivery phase

Matchborough District Centre 8

Winyates District Centre 4