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Town centre

The town centre is the heart of Yate and its mix of retail and leisure facilities attracts visitors from across the town and neighbouring areas. Your responses to the autumn 2020 engagement period helped us to understand how you currently use the town centre and how you would like it to look in the future.

Our vision and 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.

Below are our three proposed options for the town centre.

Option 1

Option 1 is a vibrant mixed-use town centre, with new public spaces and pedestrian friendly streets. There is room for nature such as trees, rain gardens and sustainable urban drainage systems to help combat climate change.

Retail is focused on the main pedestrian street, linking Station Road and Morrisons to the edge of the River Frome to the east. There are residential homes on top of these retail units.

A new multi-purpose leisure centre is located along a widened riverbank, providing views of nature and the water.

The bus station is redesigned as a multi-modal transport interchange providing options for those arriving on foot, by bicycle or by car to interchange with bus services. To enable this, high-quality cycle parking will be provided alongside electric vehicle charging points, indoor waiting areas and a multi-storey car park.

Option 2

Option 2 has a new high street running north to south through the heart of the town centre. This connects St Marys Church all the way to St Pauls Primary School and Church, south of Kennedy Way.

The leisure centre is located further east, close to the Ridgewood Community Centre. This would encourage mixing different activities and visitors to enhance this vibrant community hub.

The bus station is relocated to the northern edge of the town centre along Station Road, set within a new parkland area. This would allow better public transport connectivity and interchange with prioritised walking and cycling routes.

Option 3

Option 3 has the leisure centre located alongside a cluster of public services within a newly located town square to the west.

The leisure centre has a front door opening to the square, providing activity to this important civic space.

The bus interchange is located in the same position as the existing bus station but is redesigned as a multi-modal interchange to support improved connections for those arriving on foot or by bicycle.

You can respond to the consultation online here:

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