Town blueprint wins top award

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A FRAMEWORK for the future of Bakewell town centre, funded by the Peak District National Park Authority, has been highly commended by the Landscape Institute at its 2012 awards ceremony in London.

A Public Realm Framework for Bakewell was produced by architects to identify basic and more radical improvements that could be made to the public areas of Bakewell.

Sarah Foster, area planning manager for the national park authority, said: “The aim of the report is to ensure that the town’s streets and public spaces remain attractive and vibrant to residents and visitors, promoting the viability of local shops and services.”

The awards judges said: “This is a well-presented and thorough appraisal of public realm function, purpose and practical use.

“It is an appealing community-based plan with realistic priorities for delivery.”