Engagement to date
We held a six-week engagement period in October and November 2020 to share our initial vision and ideas for Yate, including opportunities across six key themes. Then, in February 2021, we held a series of online workshops with key stakeholders to share our early ideas for the four focus areas. 

Your views were at the heart of the decision-making process as we developed our options for the masterplan. The responses we received were invaluable and helped us to learn more about what is important to you in shaping the future of Yate.  

Below are some of the key themes raised during the engagement period and workshops and an overview of how we have reflected these in the vision and options for the masterplan. 

You can also read about our main findings from the autumn 2020 engagement period across the six key themes or download a copy of the feedback summary brochure and report in our document library.
What you said How it has been reflected in the masterplan
Town centre
The shopping centre should be updated and have a mix of different uses in both the daytime and evening, including outdoor spaces to meet and more shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.   We have presented three options to transform the town centre into a vibrant mixed-use area, with new public spaces, pedestrian friendly streets and a newly located leisure centre. 
The town centre should be easily accessible by car and bus and for people with additional needs.  The options for the town centre see the bus station redesigned as a multi-modal transport interchange providing options for those arriving on foot, by bicycle or by car. There are also options for improved pedestrian crossings and new walking and cycling routes to and within the town centre.  
Construction in the town centre needs to be phased and any disruption should be communicated in advance.  Our options for the town centre focus on the long-term future of the town, with a gradual development and transformation over the next 15-20 years. We are not yet at the stage of planning timings for construction, but it will be communicated with the public in advance.  
Railway Station and surrounds
There is support for having a greater mix of facilities at the railway station and in the surrounding area.  We have presented two options for the railway station and surrounding area (see page X) to make the station a destination in its own right. Both options have a new station building with facilities, such as shops and places to eat, and space in the area for new residential and commercial buildings. 
The railway station should be made more accessible.  Both options for the railway station would improve connections to the station for pedestrians, cyclists, buses and cars, including taxis. The new station buildings would provide accessible access to platforms via lifts, in addition to steps for pedestrians. 
The railway station needs to be made safer.  Both options for the railway station would mean that there would be more people in the station throughout the day and evening, and that platforms are more visible from the new station facilities, are well lit and have CCTV. 
Industrial Estate
The masterplan should create space for the next generation of businesses.  The vision for the industrial estate includes space for new businesses, start-ups and co-working. There would be a mix of land use to encourage a range of activities across the industrial estate, such as retail and gyms, to make it a more attractive place to work and socialise.
There is support for carbon neutral and sustainable practices.   The vision for the industrial estate includes access to renewable energy sources like wind and solar, and sustainable waste management and recycling. A new tree-lined boulevard would divert heavy traffic and provide safe pedestrian footpaths. There would also be electric vehicle charging points and a dedicated bus route from the railway station. 
Station Road
There is support for reducing traffic congestion along Station Road There is an aspiration in the masterplan to reduce traffic on key routes such as Station Road to enable the reallocation of road space and provide an opportunity for other users and uses (such as cycle lanes, community spaces, climate change mitigation and biodiversity). This would allow residents and local communities to gain back some of the space that has been lost to cars and heavy goods vehicles.
There should be adequate parking for shops and businesses.  The masterplan seeks to find a new off-road parking area for Station Road and free up spaces in front of shops and businesses for spill out spaces and to enable pedestrians and cyclists to easily see into shops.
There is support for improving pedestrian facilities, such as pavements and crossings.  The vision for Station Road includes having adequate space for pedestrians on both sides of the road, including space for buggies and wheelchairs.
Movement
The frequency of buses, bus links, the location of bus stops and the quality of bus shelters should be improved. The masterplan seeks opportunities to make trips by bus faster, more convenient and more reliable. It also proposes improvements to bus shelters to provide shelter from the weather with attractive and comfortable seating, as well as the potential to create green roofs to enhance biodiversity.
The availability of cycle lanes and connections for cyclists should be increased.  The Movement Vision for the masterplan (see page X) seeks to capitalise on Yate’s compact size to transform opportunities for cycling trips by providing safe and convenient routes and high-quality cycle parking.


Autumn 2020 engagement periodOur initial public engagement period was held between 5 October and 16 November 2020. We welcomed comments made online via our feedback form and interactive map and by post, email and over the phone.

The engagement period was promoted on our website, on posters around Yate, and on postcards delivered to residents of Yate. It was also advertised via social media, on South Gloucestershire Council’s website, and within community newsletters.

Information about the engagement period was sent to Town and Parish Councils, councillors and local voluntary and community organisations, as well as a range of other stakeholders and interested parties.


Our autumn 2020 engagement period included:
Over
3000
postcards delivered to residents and businesses in Yate


Advertising across the council's Twitter and Facebook, including targeted localised campaigns


Placing advertisements in a number of local newspapers, including MyYate, The Boundary, and Yate Gazette
Displaying posters at local information points across Yate, such as the shopping centre
Sending printed copies of materials to community locations, who were asked to share the information with anyone who was interested



We received:



8626
website visits


271
completed feedback forms


122
interactive map posts


You can read about the feedback we collected during the engagement period here or by downloading our feedback brochure.

For the full results of our autumn engagement period, you can download our feedback report.
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