The Bay Place Plan


The development of the Bay Place Plan has now begun, with a view to providing a shared vision and action plan that supports our local communities. This is a partnership project which seeks to unite Sandown with Lake and Shanklin, whilst recognising the distinct challenges and opportunities in each location and celebrating the unique characteristics.

Developing the plan we have the tri-consortium of Feria Urbanism, Støriie and the Place Bureau, who together presented an exciting and inspired consultancy application to representatives from the partnership councils earlier this year. The group are currently undertaking local research and horizon scanning to understand the work that has already been done on local plans and learn about ongoing projects impacting the area. 

Bay Place Plan

The town and parish councils of Sandown, Shanklin and Lake, in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council, formally launched the Bay Area Place Plan at a public meeting at the Broadway Centre, Sandown on the 8th January 2024.

The 98-page report comprises three main sections: principles and values, spatial strategy and themes and topics, including highlighting potential investment and civic opportunities for the three Bay area communities.

It also showcases data and feedback from the three-day think space delivered by Feria and Storii which saw residents and local businesses come together to share their visions for the future of the area.

The place plan sets out its aims and objectives that focus around engagement and empowerment, strategic thinking, economic growth, infrastructure investment, quality of life for residents and visitors, and securing funds.

 The Bay Place Plan 2024

Think Space July 2023

Images from the Think Space Event


The Three-Day Think Space held in July was considered a big success. The Project Team now have a wealth of information to review and process as it prepares the Bay Area Place Plan. You can find images from the event and a copy of the final slideshow as shared at the end of the three days below. More information to follow soon. 

Think Space Presentation (July 2023)

Think Space Presentation - Openings Remarks

Think Space Presentation - Day 1 

Think Space Presentation - Day 2 - Part 1 

Think Space Presentation - Day 2 - Part 2

Think Space Presentation - Day 3 - Part 1 

Think Space Presentation - Day 3 - Part 2 

Think Space Presentation - Closing Remarks


Think Space Pre-Event Materials Presentation (July 2023) 

Event Invitation Pack 

Pre-Event Worksheet for Participants 


High Street Task Force

The challenges facing highstreets are now widely discussed. Sandown’s high street is no different with footfall dropping, businesses closing and derelict buildings increasing. High Street Task Forces are government initiative which take a people and place-based approach to providing solutions for the regeneration of highstreets.

Sandown’s High Street Task Force Initiative

The Task Force aims to strengthen local leadership in high streets and town centres in England though providing information, advice, training, knowledge and data.


High Streets Task Force

The High Street Report 

Sandown Area Conservation Management Plan

A new plan to help enhance the architectural and historical features of Sandown, tackle some of the town's worst derelict sites and improve the public realm, has been published.

The Isle of Wight Council, working with Sandown Town Council, has launched the Sandown Conservation Area Management Plan, following public consultation, community engagement events, and contributions from stakeholder groups.

The plan includes:

  • recording the current condition of buildings in the conservation area;
  • appointing 'Historic Environment Champions' to raise the profile and awareness of conservation issues;
  • identifying redundant or harmful signage;
  • tackling some of the worst vacant or harmful sites;
  • creating public realm improvements, including planters and working with Green Town Volunteers;
  • promoting an annual awards scheme for building projects and environmental improvements;
  • supporting a maintenance week to improve the appearance of the public realm.

The management plan focuses on the conservation area but, similar to the Bay Place Plan, aims to support the regeneration of the wider Bay area.

Sandown Library will be displaying the plan with a transcribed copy of the plan available from the reception desk. The plan can also be downloaded from the Isle of Wight Council's website.

Cllrs Humby, Fletcher and A Lightfoot at the SCAMP Launch