Liskeard Cattle Market Charrette is launched

Local residents and businesses in Liskeard are being invited to shape the future of the town’s cattle market site by taking part in Cornwall Council’s first ever Charrette programme.

Liskeard is one of just two towns in England selected by the Government to take part in the ground-breaking programme which brings local residents together with designers and decision makers to co-design the future of their local area.

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Plans for the intensive five day interactive planning and design event taking place between Friday 8 March and Tuesday 12 March were unveiled at an official launch held in the town’s Public Hall today (12 February 2019).

Announcing the programme Cornwall Councillor for Liskeard East Sally Hawken said, “We know there is strong community support for redeveloping this key site in the heart of Liskeard to create a mixed use development which enhances local facilities and boosts the local economy, and brings more local people and visitors into the town.

“The Charrette provides us with a fantastic opportunity to build on the work which has already taken place to develop a clear vision and delivery plan to achieve this.

The Liskeard Cattle Market Site Charrette, supported by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, is being led by a dedicated specialist team from nationally recognised architects JTP, with support from Cornwall Council and Liskeard Town Council.

Bob Egerton, Cornwall’s Council’s Cabinet portfolio holder for Planning and the Economy, said, “We are delighted Liskeard has been chosen to take part in this programme. Cornwall Council iscommitted to working with partners to help regenerate the Cattle Market site and I would encourage the local community to get involved and have their say.

“The Charrette process has proved highly effective in other parts of the country and we will be looking closely at how it works in Liskeard so we can replicate it in other areas of Cornwall in the future.“

The Mayor Councillor Christina Whitty said, “I am delighted that our town has this opportunity to participate in the Government’s model Charrette process and greatly looking forward to seeing how it works. We hope that by bringing together local stakeholders in designing the future for this key Cornwall Council owned site, the former cattle market will provide jobs and bring prosperity to the centre of Liskeard.”

The first two days of programme focus on public workshop sessions where local residents will have the opportunity to share their knowledge and views and work with partners to co-create a vision for the site. These drop in sessions, which are open to everyone, are being held at the Liskerrett Centre between 1.45 pm and 5.30pm on Friday, 8 March, and between 11 am and 4.00 pm on Saturday 9 March.

The team from JTP will then analyse the outcomes from the workshops and draw up a vision for the site, which will include an illustrative masterplan. This will be presented back to the local community on the evening of the final day - Tuesday 12 March – at the Elliot House Hotel.

JTP is an award-winning architecture practice with extensive experience of delivering placemaking projects at every scale, from cities and towns, to neighbourhoods, streets and the design of individual buildings; creating new places and breathing life into old ones. Charles Campion, Partner at JTP said, “We are delighted to have been asked to work with the local community to co-design a vision for this important site.  The launch was a great opportunity to start meeting groups and individuals from a wide range of organisations in the town and we hope that as many people as possible will come along to the Charrette to help shape the future of the Cattle Market site and its relationship with the town.”

Following the Charrette members of the Liskeard Cattle Market Working Group will review the outcomes of the five day event and develop a final plan which will be considered by the Neighbourhood Plan Group, Liskeard Town Council and Local Cornwall Councillors.  The group will also develop a separate plan identifying some short term “meanwhile” uses of the site. 

Partners will then work together to develop business cases for individual elements of the scheme which will be used to support bids for funding.

Once acceptable and viable development proposals have been agreed by partners, the proposals will be used to develop an updated masterplan which will then go out to a further round of public consultation before a Final Master Plan and a phased Delivery Plan is presented to key stakeholder groups.  


Story posted 12 February 2019