An ambitious plan to transform Walsall Town Centre into a healthy, thriving destination has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. The Walsall Town Centre Masterplan has been recognised in the regeneration category of the annual Planning Awards 2021.
The masterplan was developed by Walsall Council in partnership with the consultancy firm Arcadis and followed a wide-ranging consultation which was undertaken in 2019 with over 2,000 respondents.
The masterplan was a response to the national decline in high street retail and a declining economy. The vision centres on a more mixed economy of town centre living, more independent outlets and spaces for start-up companies. The masterplan sets out a high level of ambition to raise the design quality of public spaces and streets in the town centre. To demonstrate the possibilities, Gallery Square has undergone a temporary makeover using seating and planters and brightly coloured geometric shapes painted on the ground.
Simon Neilson, Executive Director, Economy, Environment & Communities at Walsall Council said:
“We’re proud to be shortlisted for this award and we thank everyone who helped shape our masterplan. These are exciting times for Walsall as we deliver its ambition and secure a better future for our town.”
News of the shortlisting comes as the council awaits a response from the government following submission to the Town Deal which could see investment in excess of £25M. Walsall is also inline to benefit from the Future High Streets Fund.
The Planning Awards take place on the 9 and 10 June and the event will be hosted online.
The Masterplan can be viewed on the Council's web site