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LUC Streetscene Project - Wayfaring in Arundel

In May 2018 Arundel Town Council, working with Arun District Council appointed consultants LUC to look at Arundel's street scene, green spaces and connectivity.

You can view the design brief here

You can view LUC's response to the brief here.

 

LUC is a planning, impact assessment, landscape design and ecology consultancy with expertise across a broad
cross-section of environmental disciplines. They were chosen from a shortlist of similar consultants who responded to our brief.

Following several workshops, surveys, attendance at the Farmer's Market and a review of a wealth of documentation (such as can be found here), LUC presented their design concepts in July 2018.

These are summarised here and are also incorporated into ANP2 Draft Policy ideas for informal consultation during September 2018.

Summary of LUC brief

The brief was to improve both the quantity and quality of the public realm and to meet the objectives of the ADC Leisure and Culture Strategy 20130-28 as well as Arundel's current and emerging Neighbourhood Plan.

The Leisure & Cultural Strategy highlights that the "quality of the public realm between the buildings is poor... Vehicles dominate, there is too much tarmac and there are some ugly gap sites". This Project provides an opportunity to improve the public realm, to protect and enhance open spaces, and to improve accessibility and sustainable active transport opportunities.

 

The Project Brief asks how the town will address the clear threats from private vehicles – the traffic and parking dominating much of the historic core of the town, and the severance of the town by the A27.

LUC understand that the key aim of the project as outlined in the brief is to enable Arundel to thrive as an attractive, healthy and prosperous place. There are a number of documents which expand on this key point and set out further aspirations for the town including the Town Council’s vision which aspires to:

  • Create a thriving and dynamic town centre;

  • Become a vibrant visitor destination;

  • Implement a combined effective and sustainable transport strategy;

  • Protect and enhance the natural environment;

  • Protect and enhance our natural assets;

  • Engage with young people; and,

  • Deliver housing (and other policies) as per the Neighbourhood Plan.

The public realm study will support all of these objectives as well as others in the local plan such as providing greater access to the River, enhancing the economy of the district and by improving the physical and mental wellbeing of residents. We can increase the attractiveness of Arundel as a place to live, work and visit and - by improving the quality and accessibility of greenspace and public realm for all residents - empower local people to increase their physical activity.

Summary of LUC Proposals

  1. Create shared space (for traffic, cycles and pedestrians) from Blackfriars to the High Street & Tarrant Street.

  2. Re-designate Crown Yard as a connective public realm space for artisan units, performance space, possible housing & green space.

  3. Build a new foot/cycle bridge across the River Arun, from Fitzalan Road to the bottom of Arun St. This will link a new car parking area to the town centre and create a circular walking route around the town.

  4. Take into account existing proposals (A27 improvements, 20mph zones, cycle path along River Arun to Littlehampton, etc).

  5. Two-way traffic will still go up the High Street, but priorities will change and road surface treatment will indicate the changes.

  6. Main road will encourage driving right over Queen St bridge, to access Mill Road car park, Swanbourne Lake, WWT etc.

  7. Enhance and link existing green spaces (Horses Field, Canada Gardens, Canada Rd play area, Herington Field etc).

  8. Green spaces will then become a community resource for health and wellbeing.

  9. Create a connective network of trails (nature, heritage, river, community) with 'markers', 'hubs' and 'events', taking into account existing path network.

  10. The various trails bring meaning, helping people to connect to the town, schools. surgery and to the landscape and to each other 

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