Council has recently engaged Heritage Architects Lucas Stapleton Johnson to prepare a Conservation Management Plan for Thompson Square, Windsor along with a heritage impact statement of the Windsor Bridge replacement project.
The preparation of the Conservation Management Plan has been commissioned by Council with partial funding from the Office of Environment & Heritage to summarise the historical and geographical context of the Thompson Square Conservation Area, its history, fabric, research potential, and importance to the community.
It will also accurately define the Conservation Area and consider if the current boundaries of the Conservation Area are required to be adjusted or changed to more accurately reflect the historical significance of Thompson Square.
The Conservation Management Plan will analyse documentary and physical evidence to determine the nature, extent and degree of significance of the Conservation Area, which will then allow the development of a conservation policy to guide management of the Square.
Other aspects to be covered in the Conservation Management Plan include:
matters which may have an impact on the heritage significance of the Conservation Area such as the Windsor Bridge replacement project
potential infill commercial development
opportunities to enhance existing public areas
changes to traffic flows through the Square
removal/redevelopment of buildings which may be considered unsympathetic to the Square.
Recommendations will be made in the Conservation Management Plan on how the Conservation Area can best be managed. This will include the development of a preliminary list of urban design guidelines to enhance and protect the historical significance of Thompson Square. The urban design guidelines will address the style, colours and materials which should be used within the Square for footpaths, kerbing, road surfaces, traffic signals and pedestrian crossings, street parking spaces, public spaces, outdoor dining areas, potential infill development, signage and landscaping.
It is expected that the preparation of the Conservation Management Plan will be completed by mid-2018.