Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan

Bury St Edmunds market

Earlier this year we asked residents, workers, shoppers and visitors for their views on the challenges that face Bury St Edmunds town centre over the next decade and how these may be addressed.

This Issues and Options public engagement led to nearly 6000 comments and suggestions. Thank you to everyone who took part.

We have used these comments and suggestions to shape a draft masterplan (the MAP) outlining aspirations for the town centre and from 31 July to 8 September, we are asking you to complete a survey to let us know if we have got these right.

Abbey Gardens - cathedralThe feedback that we receive during this consultation will shape the final version of the masterplan that will come before councillors for adoption later in the year. Once adopted, the MAP will become a supplementary planning document supporting the statutory planning policy for the town centre. This means that all future planning applications for development and redevelopment in the town centre must meet the expectations of the MAP. The MAP will also inform the work of St Edmundsbury Borough Council and its partners going forward.

The delivery phase of the MAP will then run to 2031. While some of these projects will be undertaken by the borough council, others will be delivered by partners as well as landlords and investors. Some will also need further assessment to see if they can be achieved and will be subject to funding and land ownership.

arc shopping centreThe MAP identifies nine ‘Character Areas’ across the town and sets out priorities and opportunities within these to meet the current and future needs of everyone who uses the town centre. The Character Areas are:

1.  Cornhill, Buttermarket and the arc shopping centre

2.  The Northern Gateway

3.  St Andrews Quarter

4.  Churchgate

5.  Ram Meadow

6.  Parkway

7.  Kings Road and Robert Boby Way

8.  Lark and Linnet Riverside

9. Across the Town Centre

Angel HillFor each character area, key priorities are included relating to the themes of movement, activity and place (MAP).

How can I make a difference?

As people who live, work, shop, access services and spend leisure time in Bury St Edmunds town centre, you are the experts and we need your views to make sure the actions proposed in the MAP give us what we all want and need.

You can have you say by completing the online questionnaire or by filling in paper copies of the questionnaire that are available at public locations including the council offices on Western Way, the Apex, the library and the leisure centre. The MAP and important background information to inform your response is available at the bottom of this page.

Public events

We have a number of public events where you can come along, find out more about the draft masterplan and speak to members of the team.

More information

 Information leaflets and contact cards with the online links will also be available at:

  • CAB Risbygate Street
  • Moyses Hall Museum
  • Bury St Edmunds Town Council offices
  • The Athenaeum
  • Skyliner Leisure Centre
  • St Edmundsbury Cathedral information point
  • Haverhill Arts Centre

More information will be posted throughout the consultation period on Twitter from @stesbc #bsemasterplan and Facebook at StEdmundsburynews.

Find out more about the Bury St Edmunds MAP