Consultation Overview


Our aims

  • To ensure the needs, ideas and knowledge of the community are used to improve the quality of stakeholder engagement, throughout the design, planning and construction process.

 

  • To ensure the needs, ideas and knowledge of the community and key stakeholders are used to improve the quality and acceptability of the development through the design process

 

Method

Consultation is at the heart of the Newton on Trent proposal and methods of consultation have been described in detail within the Consultation Plan.

 

There are four stages to the consultations for the proposal:

 

Stage 1: Identify the goals, needs and priorities of the local community.

 

This included a community visioning day which aimed at identifying what the community considered to be issues that needed addressing, and also what their needs would be in the parish of Newton on Trent for the next 10 years.

 

Additionally we contacted businesses within Newton on Trent to discuss their needs in terms of facilities or business premises.

 

We visited the Post Office, the Primary School and others to discuss specific needs around ensuring existing facilities are protected and enhanced.

 

Stage 2: Use comments and suggestions to shape the design, carry our research and feasibilities.

 

A consultation was conducted as a household survey questionnaire in January 2015 by CBA.  This consultation aimed to create a profile of the parish in relation to its housing needs and to further determine possible design features and amenities that might be provided within the Newton on Trent 2014 master plan.

 

Additionally we took the responses from our Facebook page and website to inform options and issues.

 

Our specialist teams are using this information to research the feasibility of ideas.  The team are carrying out consultations and discussions with statutory bodies, agencies, authorities and others to develop ideas and identify constraints.

 

Stage 3: Hold community stakeholder design review workshops to help to finalise the master plan.

 

This series of workshops were carried out in early August 2015 with statutory and local stakeholders, to review progress on the master plan proposal in order to inform the plan in the future. Consultees such as West Lindsey District Council’s Planning Department, Newton on Trent Parish Council, representatives from organisations such as Natural England, the Environment Agency, the school, police, doctor’s surgery, church, Post Office and other local community representatives and businesses were invited. They reviewed a presentation giving a range of proposals and took part in a workshop looking at elements such as the pub/hub, housing, landscaping, green infrastructure and transport.

 

Stage 4: Submit the proposal to the local authority and show the community how the consultation has informed the master plan.

 

This will be carried out once all of the specialist studies are completed and a master plan proposal is defined.

 

Progress

September 2015: Several consultations were carried out between November 2014 and August 2015 in order to achieve stages 1 to 3 in the consultation plan.  Our original ambition was to have finalised consultations by the late spring of 2015. This had been extended into the late summer of 2015 because we commissioned specialist studies to investigate options for delivering the needs and priorities of the local community.

 

Next steps

We are using the results of each consultation to inform the master plan proposal and ensuring that each of the wide range of specialist studies being carried out includes an evaluation of how the needs and priorities of the community could be incorporated.

 

Key documents:

  • Consultation Plan
  • Community Consultation and Local Priorities Report
  • Housing Needs Assessment
  • Economic Impact Assessment

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