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Shrewsbury regeneration event sets the scene for inspiring new vision for town

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Shropshire Council hosted the launch of the Shrewsbury Vision Regeneration Framework at Theatre Severn on Monday 23 January 2012.

The event was attended by investors, developers and associated professionals, who had the first opportunity to view the newly-launched framework, which highlights the new and exciting future developments in the town.

The Shrewsbury Vision Regeneration Framework has been developed through engagement with the local community, with workshops and consultation including young people, business representatives, public sector partners including Shrewsbury Town Council, Shropshire Council and Shropshire residents.

Presentations were made by the Leader of the Councillor Keith Barrow; Chief Executive Kim Ryley; Area Director Clive Wright; Aidan Ridyard from Broadway Malyan,  a global architecture, urbanism and design practice; and Gary Halman, Partner of HOW Planning, Manchester.

The presentations outlined the opportunities for future development and plans, and the councils’ commitment to supporting investment and development in Shrewsbury which include: the Riverside area, west end of Shrewsbury, Castle Foregate, Abbey Foregate and Frankwell.

Councillor Keith Barrow, Leader of the Council, said:

“The Shrewsbury Vision Regeneration Framework event was extremely positive and inspirational.  There are tremendous opportunities, and also some challenges to address, to ensure Shrewsbury grows and prospers over the coming years. This event clearly set out what has been a truly shared vision and key objectives to drive forward Shrewsbury’s transformation.” 

Councillor Mike Owen, Cabinet member for economic growth and prosperity, said:

“The ongoing support and commitment of everyone involved will play an important role in taking these ambitious plans forward over the next two decades.  The Shrewsbury Vision Regeneration Framework will help shape future investments, allowing the continued growth of Shrewsbury’s economy, and offer potential for further job creation, more quality shops and lifestyle facilities.”

Councillor Mal Price, Cabinet member also for economic growth and prosperity, said:

“This event has provided a great opportunity for investors, developers and associated professionals to see first-hand the exciting and achievable plans for the future of Shrewsbury.  I hope many who attended this event have been inspired by this project and share with us the enthusiasm, optimism and commitment to drive this forward.”

Those attending the event also commented.  Kevin Lockwood, Manager of Shrewsbury Shopping Centres, said:

“It’s very pleasing to hear that Shropshire Council is willing to support development and investment despite the current economic climate.”

One of the key speakers, Gary Halman of HOW Planning, said:-

“It’s very encouraging to see a council with such a positive and progressive outlook and a welcome approach to development.  On behalf of our developer clients and Waitrose, for whom we are promoting a second new store in the area, we are delighted to be working with Shropshire Council and other organisations to deliver high-quality and job-creating new development.” 

Richard Jaboor, Bleazard & Galletta LLP, said:

“I was fortunate in attending your launch of Shrewsbury Vision, because at first I was uncertain about its scope.  I was pleasantly surprised by the range of interests covered and buoyed up by your evident commitment to sustainable development in our county town.”