Community produce exciting vision for Liskeard Cattle Market site

 

Five days of intense collaboration with local residents and businesses to co-design a vision for the future of Liskeard’s cattle market has produced exciting plans to breathe new life into the site.  The interactive planning and design ‘charrette’ produced ideas for the creation of a community heart complete with  market square, new community centre, flexible public spaces for festivals and performances, affordable work spaces, and a community garden to “up-cycle” the town, so that all residents will benefit.

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Outlining the results of the Liskeard Cattle Market Charrette to a packed public meeting, Charles Campion, from architects JTP  who led the charrette – the first of its kind to be held  Cornwall Counci - said that the enthusiasm and positive approach of the local community had helped to create an exciting vision for both the site and the future of the town.

“These proposals have come from your ideas and dreams“ he told the meeting.  “They are based on the comments made by the hundreds of people who took part in the community meetings, walkabouts, workshops and hands-on planning sessions staged during the charrette.”

“You told us the site needed to work as a place for all ages and backgrounds to come together and interact as a community. You said there should be a market area where people could make and sell goods and local produce, and work space for start ups and small companies. You want Liskeard to celebrate its heritage and environment and make the most of its position as a regional economic and visitor hub to attract more people to stay and spend money which then stays in the town . You also called for improved transport links and better connections and more green spaces ‘to hide the grey’, and for new buildings which were bold and not afraid to break with convention.”

“We listened carefully to what you said and have used your ideas to develop this vision for the site which creates a new and exciting “USP” for Liskeard.”

The vision also include some special features designed to make the most of the spectacular views from south west part of the site and put Liskeard on the map. These include a tall viewing platform (suggested by young people at one of the workshop sessions) and a bastion (a raised green area) where people can sit to admire the views.

A key element involves relocating the current Liskerrett Centre to a new purpose built, accessible and flexible accommodation and services on the Cattle Market site. This would enable the existing Victorian building to be refurbished to create bespoke apartments, with new high quality family homes constructed around a “garden square”.

Local Cornwall Councillor Sally Hawken thanked local residents for their support for the Charrette and said she was looking forward to turning their vision into reality.

“This has been an amazing piece of community involvement“ she said.  “This is your vision and we now need to continue to work together to build on the momentum and take this exciting scheme forward”.

Bob Egerton, Cornwall’s Council’s Cabinet portfolio holder for Planning and the Economy, said:  “We are committed to working with residents and partners to create a development on this key site which complements what Liskeard already has to offer, boosts the economy and brings more local people and visitors into the town.”

“Involving the community is key as we work together and move forward with everyone on board.”

The Liskeard Cattle Market Working Group will review the outcomes of the Charrette and develop a viable plan with partners, including Cornwall Council, Liskeard Town Council and the town’s Neighbourhood Plan Group. This will include preparing business cases for specific elements of the scheme which will be used to support bids for funding. The group will also develop a separate plan identifying some short term ‘meanwhile’ uses of the site

An updated masterplan will then be drawn up for public consultation before a final masterplan and phased delivery plan is presented to stakeholder groups.

 

Story posted 15 March 2019