Consultation Feedback

From the very start of the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project the intention has always been to provide an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime regeneration project to improve the town centre in North Walsham.

Questions raised during consultation

During our consultation via our online surveys and face-to-face sessions, there were a few key questions that came up time and again. The section below list these questions and offers some of the answers. Please browse below to read them. 

A: Absolutely no decisions were made prior to consultation. Feedback has greatly influenced changes and adaptations to the scheme to provide a final design that best meets the needs and wants of most of the people. 

We are using the feedback to inform the final scheme designs. We are publishing the final report of all the feedback that we received via the recognised channels

The hope is that the new layout will provide an additional reason for shoppers and visitors to come and to stay longer in the town centre. Research suggests that more open and safe spaces to circulate, browse, sit, eat and drink improve the vitality of town centres, and consequently their economy.

We asked and talked to over 150 young people about their  thoughts, comments via a specifically designed survey and series of engagement events. This has yielded a different set of results available for all to read in the final report.

Each town is different. Holt has many pedestrian friendly retail areas and its own traffic circulation challenges. North Walsham is an historic market town but its assets are marred by the impacts of traffic on its main commercial street. Our proposals aim to provide a different reason to come and visit, shop and stay.

We are monitoring traffic flow in and around the marketplace and exploring options to mitigate the perceived adverse impacts, such as traffic calming, direction signage and a new bus interchange.

We recognise the impacts of the narrow street and inconsistent pavement along King’s Arms Street on property occupants and pedestrians and are seeking to understand what impacts the town centre scheme may have. The Scheme is restricted by geographical and budgetary constraints but we are exploring options that we hope will help alleviate and not exacerbate the current problems, such as an additional safe crossing and signage to direct vehicles via other routes. We are also working with the County Council Highways Department to explore wider improvements to the road network.

We have worked with all the businesses in the town to properly understand what their individual needs for collection and deliveries are - via a separate specific survey.  Following the results of this, we have amended plans to allow deliveries/loading all day.

There has been agreement that free parking spaces will be made available in both Bank Loke and Vicarage Street Car Parks to replace those lost from the Market Place. It is anticipated that these will be for one hour, rather than the current 30-minute on street spaces.