Peterborough City Council Publishes Vision For Embankment

Peterborough City Council has published its ‘Embankment Masterplan,’ a comprehensive outline of its vision for the city’s Embankment area.

Produced by independent consultants Stantec and Barton and Willmore, the report goes into detail about the council’s plans for the Embankment, a popular events hub which backs onto the River Nene.

The redevelopments planned for the area include:

  • The construction of a brand-new ‘City Riverside’ park
  • The Anglia Ruskin University Peterborough campus, the construction of which is now well underway
  • The addition of a new ‘Cultural Quarter’ to the Key Theatre, which is located on the west side of the Embankment
  • The potential construction of an events arena

The public consultation

The report, which hit City Council desks on Friday 25 March, has emerged following a public consultation process. Over 20,000 individual responses were received from local residents, who were asked how they used the Embankment currently.

Now the report has been finalised and is in the public domain, Council officers and members of the cabinet will review it in detail before deciding which areas to prioritise.

In response to the news, Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, leader of Peterborough City Council, commented: “The Embankment Masterplan is a key document which could provide a blueprint for a large area of our city centre – we recognise and respect that everyone will have differing views on its future.

“That’s why throughout the whole process we have gone to great lengths to make sure that the Embankment Masterplan process is as independent and transparent as possible and that it involved as many views from residents and other key stakeholders as it could.

“We have now received the Embankment Masterplan report back from the independent consultants and have published this immediately, as we recognise it is in the public interest. It will, however, need careful consideration from officers over the coming months to determine if the proposals are viable and the next recommended steps.”

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