Peterborough city center could soon be very different.
The municipal council is developing its “Masterplan” to transform the embankment.
Described as a “long-term planning document intended to provide a guide for future growth and development,” the master plan will be executed with funding from the government’s Towns Fund and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
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It was recently the subject of a month-long consultation, giving residents of Peterborough the chance to have their voices heard on proposed developments.
Following this, We’re Talking Peterborough Embankment – the consulting group for the project – last month revealed four options for the future of the embankment.
The four options include the campus of the new city university ARU Peterborough (which has already started construction) and its University Quarter Cultural Center, which will be located around the existing Key Theater and Peterborough Lido.
The cultural center will include a facility called The Living Lab, which received £ 20million in funding under the Leveling Up fund announced in this year’s budget.
The living laboratory and cultural district will be managed by the university to combine learning with an interactive public science facility and is expected to attract 50,000 visitors per year.
In addition to the university buildings, the Masterplan could also provide for the construction of a new stadium for Peterborough United.
“The Posh” has played on the current London Road pitch since their formation in 1934, but a new 19,500 stadium – which would also host concerts and events – was proposed.
Thousands of people have signed a petition supporting the construction of a new stadium on the sea wall, but not everyone is in favor.
The Save Peterborough Embankment group does not support the development of green spaces on the embankment. The group is in favor of the development of a new arena in Peterborough but do not think the Embankment is the right place for it.
Two of the four options offered do not include a stadium as part of the Masterplan.
New housing is also among the four options, with development due to take place on the Middleholme side.
Below, we walk you through the four options, including blueprints and CGI impressions of how each one will look.
People are invited to submit their comments on the four options by sending an email to [email protected]
The deadline for submitting comments is Sunday, December 5 at 11:59 p.m.
You can also find out more about the project by visiting the Peterborough Embankment Website.
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