This 7 hectare town centre site became available for development following the announcement of the brewery’s closure in December 2014. A Development Brief was produced by a project panel comprising the site owners’ agents and members of the Alton Town Council and EHDC, following consultation with local residents and other stakeholders, between December 2015 and May 2016. It aims to provide a framework for any prospective developer.
The public concern that followed the publication of the Development Brief, and its accompanying “Illustrative Masterplan”, led the Alton Society to conduct an opinion survey to gauge local opinion on some of its key aspects. We made a number of suggestions to improve the document, focusing on enhanced provision of civic space and the re-apportionment of areas of land use within the site, bearing in mind the site’s central location and its overall topography.
CALA Homes have acquired the site and are currently working with the Environment Agency in re-modelling the flood risk for the site, as prerequisite to developing any detailed plans.
Further information can be found:
- The Development Brief
- The Alton Society’s Survey Results
- The Alton Society’s formal response
- The Alton Society’s suggested improvements
Shared Creative Vision for Alton
As part of the consultation on the provision of community facilities on the Molson Coors site, representatives of a number of performing arts organisations in Alton have produced a ‘strategy’ document – “Shared Creative Vision for Alton” – explaining their aspirations for a new arts centre. This is based on a growing realisation that the town needs a properly equipped multi-functional performance space which would become the focal point for the many performance and arts groups in our town. Here is a link to a Vision for the Arts in Alton, which describes preliminary ideas for a mixed-use, community based facility.
The next stage is likely to be an EHDC survey of residents, allowing a vote on the preferred options.