The Victoria Forum has responded to Sanctuary’s master plan for the former Victoria Infirmary site, which was published online in December 2017 (response, pdf) . We recognise many positive aspects to the plan but some shortcomings need to be resolved.
Sanctuary’s masterplan explains well how it developed design principles. While the development proposals address many aspirations and concerns of the local community, some issues are not sufficiently well addressed:
- Lack of social or economic analysis, especially relating to fit vs local housing need
- Lack of children’s play area
- Community room
- Traffic and pedestrian safety
- Public realm and place-making outside the site boundary
Masterplans describe how an area will be developed. They become ‘material considerations’ for planning application decisions after approval by the Council’s Neighbourhoods Committee.
While work continues at the site, we propose the following next steps:
- Council officers to report on local social and economic needs.
- Council officers to prepare a composite report of the needs analysis, the Sanctuary and Victoria Forum masterplans and other community input.
- The composite masterplan to be presented for adoption by the Neighbourhoods Committee at its next meeting on 13th March.
- If adopted, the detailed planning application will then be considered.
Read Sanctuary’s masterplan consolidated in one 45Mb pdf here, or in 9 parts on GCC’s website here – see planning application ref 17/02059/DC.