“Regeneration is not just about changes to the buildings and environment around us but improving the lives of people in the borough. It is important that everyone has a voice and is able to influence change and our approach to the way we invest in the borough.”
What is the Development Consultation Charter?
The Development Consultation Charter is a guide setting out the consultation requirements to be carried out by developers for proposed development, now being used in the validation of pre-application requests and planning applications for major and strategic applications. It was approved at Cabinet on 30 April 2019.
The guide forms part of the which is a legal requirement that compels the council to hold a fair and effective consultation approach as well as have an agreed way of working with both developers and the community.
What is expected of the Developers?
In order for a development to be approved, developers must illustrate that they have engage with the community on a number of levels. These include:
- A census of the local area, showing demographics, businesses, community groups, etc.
- Surveys, workshops, and roundtables
- Meetings with local residents, stakeholders, and councillors
- Public exhibitions
- Digital and print material
- Design reviews based on the information gathered
They must show:
- Who and how many residents, councillors and stakeholders attended meetings
- Dates and times of meetings
- What feedback they received and how they are incorporating this into their proposal, and if not, why not
- That they are being compliant with local policy and legal obligations