The Innovation District
(key concept A.B.)
The opening of a new training facility in Worksop Town Centre provides a significant opportunity to harness together the public and private sector with education and training to establish an ‘Innovation District’. Industry training, business incubation and product development are co-located creating jobs and upskilling the workforce.
Typically incorporating meeting and events spaces, leisure, residential (including possible student accommodation), renewable and low carbon energy and high-quality public spaces, innovation districts are now becoming a feature of smart economic growth. The old Gasworks site is an ideal opportunity to create an energy centre that will provide low carbon heat and electricity serving local needs.
(key concept A.B.C.)
Adjoining the new training facility in the north of the Town Centre, opportunities for great public spaces, waterside access and a new mooring exist so this area will be the focus of the night time and evening economy, whilst also being a vibrant daytime destination.
This area will have a strong, energetic identity and ‘water themed’ public spaces with ‘gateway’ features. Being at the centre of a range of routes and paths, this area will be the entry point for the canal and riverside bringing rejuvenation to this area.
Improving our Housing
(key concept A.)
Significant opportunities exist which include Sandhill Lake within the concept of life on the waterfront. Through the regeneration of the existing housing in this area and by building additional new housing, a sense of identity and community would be achieved whilst also welcoming visitors and lake users. Working with the Sandhill and Sandy Lane communities, there are significant opportunities to improve the living conditions of residents whilst also adding to the housing available within the Town Centre.
With some local services and leisure uses, the character of the area will remain predominantly residential. There are opportunities to improve canal access, providing new crossing points and links to other regeneration areas.
Town Centre Living
(key concept A.B.C.D.)
Creating homes that people want to live in, with riverside and canal side views and excellent routes directly into the Town Centre with its retail, leisure and core services are at the heart of town centre living. With a mixture of housing types in both council and private ownership, existing housing will also benefit from investment with the proposed new cycle routes and pedestrian priorities creating an ‘east-west’ route linking Sandhill Lake and existing communities through new and improved river and canal crossings.
Re-use of existing buildings and the allocation of new sites for housing within the local plan will increase the population and improve the viability of Town Centre retail, leisure and service sectors.
Historic Bridge Street
(key concept C.D.)
Benefitting from high quality historic buildings and improved use of public spaces, this area will be the focus for retail alongside a full range of Town Centre uses. Making the most of under-used upper floors, with a strong and attractive range of ground floor uses, this area will serve the day-to day needs of residents whilst also being a destination offering leisure facilities and core services for Worksop. Unsympathetic buildings will benefit from a
‘green retrofit’ providing a vibrant contrast to the historic buildings whilst linking into the natural assets of the river. Opportunities will be taken to ‘reveal’ the River Ryton where it has been ‘lost’.
Family-Friendly Outdoor Spaces
(key concept A.C.D.)
A multi-use pedestrianised area to the south of the Town Centre will take advantage of the improved walking and cycling access to provide family-friendly space for outdoor entertainment, eating and leisure.
Surrounded by the cinema, doctors’ surgery, Town Hall and with creative re-use of the historic surrounding buildings, the old market square would benefit from pedestrianisation to create a key point of arrival for visitors by bus, foot or cycle.
(key concept C.D.)
Another key point of arrival, Worksop Railway Station, has regeneration potential in making the most of the underused historic and industrial buildings in this area. This would include opening up and revealing the station frontage and offering cycle hire with associated retail and catering uses complemented by additional new homes.
Transport and Movement
(to be viewed with the Bridge Street Options plan 1 & 2)
This consultation is also seeking to gain views over the future of Bridge Street and Bridge Place in terms of traffic management. Presently there are proposed improvements to the cycle network through the town centre and this would involve changes to infrastructure and priorities. Options include:
- Creating a one way single lane carriageway from north to south up Bridge Place and Bridge Street. This would include a cycle lane and allow for short term bay parking throughout the day with pavements to each side.
Vehicles would turn left at the top of Bridge Street to travel down Potter Street if the old Market Square becomes a family-friendly outdoor pedestrianised space. View option one map This document may not be suitable for users with assistive technology. Request an accessible format from email@example.com.
- Retain and increase the pedestrianised area on Bridge Place and Bridge Street with the addition of a family friendly outdoor pedestrianised space on the old Market Square to the south of the Town Centre and the creation of new pedestrianised area at the end of Bridge Place. View option two map This document may not be suitable for users with assistive technology. Request an accessible format from firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is also allied to the consulting on the proposed improvement of the Market Square as a stand-alone pedestrianised project option.
Further feasibility work will be undertaken following the consultation period.
Our masterplan map shows where the concepts are based in the town centre.
Blue – Innovation District
Purple – Water Leisure
Green – Improving our housing
Hot Pink – Town Centre Living
Orange – Historic Bridge Street
Light pink – Family-friendly Spaces
Red – Station Gateway
Last Updated on Thursday, April 22, 2021