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This in turn secured partnerships with English Heritage, Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Yorkshire Forward, Ripon Cathedral, the Leeds Federated Housing Association and multiple private developers. Projects ranged from the 1996 reopening of the canal to, in 2010, the completion of improvements to the Ripon Workhouse Museum. Improvements to the city’s infrastructure, such as the provision of a new supermarket and improved car parking, have been confined to backyard areas of the city centre: by developing such neglected areas, often at the rear of burgage plots, it has been possible to avoid compromising the more sensitive public parts of the historic core.
Sheffield city centre has been transformed since 1999, helping to arrest decline • The result has reconnected the city, created new vistas and made the urban fabric more coherent • Many projects have been bold in scale and contemporary in style, and have utilized local materials – stone and steel – to acknowledge the character of the two conservation areas on the route • Projects are guided by an Urban Design Compendium and a Sustainable Development and Design Panel, supported by representatives of specialist design and conservation interests • High-quality design and robust, simple detailing are recurrent themes • Specifications are derived from the design elements identified in the conservation area management plans relating to the route • A clear vision for the future of the city has been established, based on a thorough understanding of the heritage value of the city centre.
All this would have been impossible had the town not been part of the Government’s growth area of West Northamptonshire. Costs of £700,000 were borne by the East Midlands Development Agency and the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation. Moat Lane will become a major focus for the expanding town, incorporating the Mount and its park, while discussions are under way to secure a new-build library, civic offices, a hotel and various commercial opportunities. The park is thus a much-needed new public asset, and its presence will help attract further inward investment.
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