The latest draft of the Fitzrovia and East Marylebone Landscape and Public Realm Visioning Plan is now available for review and comment. Join in so that our streets and public areas provide a better space for everyone in our neighbourhood.
Fitzrovia and East Marylebone are currently experiencing a great deal of change due to a number of significant redevelopment proposals, an increased residential population and a changing local economy. Whilst these developments are being proposed, the physical condition of the areas’ streets and open spaces need further attention and a strategic approach to create a more unified and attractive public realm and landscape. It is important that the neighbourhood takes advantage of good public realm design guidance that now exists.
Westminster Tree Trust – the W1W Tree Planting Initiative supports tree planting in Fitzrovia to balance its contribution to the streets of Marylebone. Informal advice received regarding possible tree grants for Fitzrovia stressed that it would be advantageous to show the tree project within the context of the City Council’s recently updated Public Realm Strategy.
ARUP were approached as they are global leaders in Urban Design with local knowledge and as they had previous experience of drafting tree planting proposals. ARUP were gracious enough to complete this study entirely on a probono basis because they were extremely supportive of local tree planting efforts. Arup surveyed the area and applied Westminster Public Realm Strategy to what they saw to create the draft consultation document.
The purpose of the report is first and foremost to support tree grant applications for Westminster’s side of Fitzrovia. In order to be as inclusive as possible, the document has been put out for comment from the wider community. Subject to comments received, the document will be revised and then used to support further tree grant applications. It is hoped that this may inspire the wider transformation of the public realm within the study area.
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