Pendle Borough Council is recruiting a design team to remasterplan the centre of Nelson in Lancashire
The project aims to guide future economic development within the depressed former mill town which is expecting to benefit from improvements to the M65 motorway, a number of new housing developments, and an expansion of the nearby Lomeshaye Industrial Estate. A previous masterplan for the area was drawn up by BDP in 2006.
In its brief, the council says it is ‘seeking to appoint consultants to prepare a masterplan covering Nelson town centre taking into account, where relevant, adjoining housing and industrial areas. As the largest settlement in Pendle, the success of Nelson is key to the growth of the local economy.
‘The masterplan should take into account the current strengths and weaknesses of the area, plus the existing strategies and investments in place informing future action priorities. The work needs to take a view on the retail market and the future role of Nelson. A new deliverable vision and masterplan is required so that investors can feel confident to invest and it will provide a sound understanding of the town’s potential.’
Nelson is a small town of around 29,000 inhabitants. It grew rapidly during the 19th and 20th centuries to support the area’s booming textiles industry but has suffered from decline in recent decades.
It is the main retail and administrative centre for Pendle borough and also a major employment area but also features pockets of severe deprivation and is ranked 42 out of 326 authorities in the Indices of Multiple Deprivation.
The latest project aims to unlock the potential of the area which currently suffers from poor-quality housing, environmental decline, low educational levels, and a shortage of community facilities.
Key aims include boosting quality of life for local residents, delivering economic growth and prosperity, and improve the productivity of businesses.
Bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on methodology, interpretation of the brief, team, timetable and past experience; and 30 per cent on price.
The deadline for applications is midday, 26 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Pendle Borough Council
The Town Hall
Tel: 01282 661677