The City Council’s Spatial Framework was given a preview at the Passenger Shed on 3rd October, with plenty of feedback from the 270 attendees. Network Rail and Homes & Communities Agency also provided updates on their plans, with interactive sessions that collected the thinking and the queries from the room.
There will be a full report posted on the website once the Mayoral Election is complete and the council has emerged from “purdah”, with actions for future development.
Overall, the responses were very positive, with many company representatives offering to get involved in developing the framework, and provide expertise into working groups.
There was a real hunger for closer connections, and clarity on the milestones around decision-making, as the plans emerge.
The event was also the first to feature the residential communities around the Zone, and included questions over the term “enterprise” and its business-focus, when the Temple Quarter Vision is for a porous, engaging and inclusive space that people can spend time in outside work and rail travel. There were plenty of ideas for making the area attractive, creating true “mixed-use”, and embedding sustainable practice.
We’re also now in a position of clarity on the financial incentives of working in the Zone, with letters to business rate payers going out shortly.