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Transforming Central Rye Lane

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The land and buildings between Rye Lane and Copeland Road are a thriving mixed area of artists' studios, art galleries, a variety of small businesses, retail and creative industry, housing, faith and other community uses. The area has the feel of an emerging Cultural Quarter. A major part of the land (including the Bussey building) is owned and operated by Copeland Industrial Park (CIP), and so the area and its immediate surrounds is becoming known as the Copeland Cultural Quarter (CCQ).

The draft Masterplan below shows the location and extent of the Copeland Cultural Quarter and indicates the kind of mixed organic development there could be on this site:

  • the gradual rehabilitation of the historic buildings integrated with new buildings,
  • creating linked squares and courtyards,
  • the Copeland Cultural Quarter providing a comfortable transition between the town centre in the west and housing to the east. More...