Lee Duffield

Edited by Lee Duffield
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Valley set for Euro makeover


Plan aims to widen Valley appeal: Allanah Box

The Brisbane City Council’s proposed Fortitude Valley neighbourhood plan could introduce a revolution in European-style footpath dining to Brisbane streets.

Under the plan, six-metre wide footpaths would feature on parts of Ann, Wickham, Constance, East and Bridge streets and 4.75 metre footpaths in other areas.

The footpaths will be more pedestrian friendly and encourage European-style dining.

Neighbourhood planning chairwoman Amanda Cooper said the proposed plan reinforced the Valley as a major entertainment, cultural, tourism, retail and business centre.

“We have consulted for two years on the plan with local residents and businesses, and this is a shared vision about creating a more open and vibrant outdoor culture for the Valley,” she said.

“It will also help people reclaim the footpaths as a public space.”

It is hoped the plan will contribute to increasing safety and help in the process of cleaning up the Valley.

Councillor Cooper said another major component of the plan is to encourage greater “active frontages”, with different businesses opening up onto laneways.

“More cafes, restaurants and galleries opening onto laneways and footpaths will increase the amenity of our streets,” she said.

“We will aslo encourage buildings with arcades or connections through buildings for pedestrians and cyclists to move easily through.”

The plan is part of the Fortitude Valley Urban Vision, which aims to provide strategic direction on future development while reinforcing a creative, sustainable and affordable urban community.

The draft plan will be open for public comment between August 21 and October 9.