Newsletter July 2009
Canalside Regeneration: Workshop page 1

In early July three members of the Civic Society management committee were invited by CDC’s Community Engagement Officer to attend a Stakeholder Workshop on the proposed regeneration of Banbury’s historic ‘Canalside’ area (‘Options for Growth’ Site E).

The first part of the workshop comprised a presentation by CDC’s master-planning consultants, LDA Design, who summarised recent progress and changes in thinking resulting from the current economic slowdown, the bursting of the buy-to-let bubble and remaining uncertainties about potential flood risk. This was followed by the unveiling of the 2008 masterplan for the Site, which we were told was provisional, as it did not yet take account of the 1 in 200-year flood event that could overwhelm the proposed flood defences to the north of the town.