A £120 million revamp of Peterborough’s South Bank lacks ambition, it has been claimed, ahead of a decision to decide the site’s future.
Peterborough City Council’s Planning Committee decides on Tuesday whether after a 30-year wait to regenerate the Fletton Quays site, developers can start work on 280 homes, a 160-bed hotel, two office blocks and restaurants.
However, the plans put forward by the Peterborough Investment Partnership - a joint venture between the council and Lucent Strategic Land Fund to deliver investment in the city - have been criticised by the Peterborough Civic Society which feels the idyllic scenery of the River Nene and Peterborough Cathedral are not being fully utilised.
The society is also disappointed the proposed access routes between Fletton Quays and the city centre do not include a footbridge across the river. The society said: “The Civic Society heartily welcomes the intention to redevelop the south riverbank of the Nene now referred to as Fletton Quays. Unfortunately, the development scheme set out lacks vision and ambition in both its fundamentals and details. What is there to attract large numbers of people to visit the area?”
The South Bank site is between the Nene and the Peterborough to March railway line.
A spokesperson for Peterborough Investment Partnership said: “The exciting development includes the refurbishment of the listed railway sheds and the creation of a vibrant riverside community, with residential, business and leisure uses.
“We are immensely proud that having seen the site lay barren for many years, we are able to bring forward a viable scheme that will bring the South Bank back to life.”