Ashton’s original 1824 grid plan gave this historic Greater Manchester market town a strong identity that had been steadily eroding over the past 50 years by inconsistent new infrastructure and development.
Our study identified where the ‘urban fabric’ had been severed and suggested a linking framework that would help repair and reinforce a sense of place. Areas studied included the Town Hall and Market Square, the links through to the west of town, the bus station and the Old Town.
Other benefits were identified and proposals associated with the regional Metrolink, and with lighting and landscaping. Phased proposals are now nearing completion.