The area is already a favourite of creatives, and is home to an interesting and unique set of independent businesses, restaurants, shops, bars and coffee shops as well as the popular Open Market.

We want to build on this by promoting modern co-working spaces and studios within some of our historic buildings. New homes could be built on the old Post Office site, helping to also make the best use of St Peter's Gardens. A new food and drink offer and other activities at the Open Market will build on the vibrancy of the area.

Key projects

The Post Office and Sorting Office

This site provides a fantastic opportunity to transform the building to create new homes. We will promote and support this as a key opportunity to showcase quality town centre living.

Proposed changes to Post Office

Open Market refurbishment

We will make the most of the successful market and surrounding streets by introducing restaurants and cafes and an evening offer. Pop-up stalls, parking and food, drink and creative businesses could be introduced to the north of the market.

Co-working spaces

Existing buildings in the area could be converted into co-working spaces, attracting small and creative businesses. We will support this by providing facilities such as better digital connections.

St Peter's Gardens

We will support the enhancement of St Peter's Church gardens with refreshed planting, paths and benches so it's better used and people make the most of the green space.

Aerial view of St Peter's Gardens

Northumberland Street

Improvements will be made to make Northumberland Street more attractive and pedestrian-friendly and better link St George's Square to Southgate.

Changes to Northumberland street