The District Blueprint addresses Council’s vision and layers of planning to show the desired future for the district as a whole, whilst Local Area Blueprints are focused at town, village or rural area level.
Urbanismplus has explained that the Blueprint will contain ‘Master Plans’ however their preferred terminology is ‘Town Centre Strategies’.
Master planning is often misinterpreted as a fixed design, whereas Town Centre Strategies are designed to be flexible and adaptable.
The Blueprints address growth, infrastructure, social, community, environmental, economic and transport issues. At a local level these are more detailed and specific to the place, at district-wide level these are articulated as networks. In combination, they serve as a strategic tool with which the Council, informed by the community, can determine a holistic and strategic approach with clearly defined priorities and actions. Town Centre Strategies identified in the Blueprint process will be defined and delivered afterwards, likely 2019 onwards.