An initial visioning consultation on the proposals took place during the Summer of 2018. As a development team committed to engaging with the local community, Taylor Wimpey and Homes England held an extensive series of public events, workshops and meetings with the public and stakeholders. This includes:
Initial meetings with the Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Housing and Economic Growth to discuss the forthcoming public consultation;
A door knocking exercise for residents living within the site’s boundaries to advise them of the proposals ahead of the consultation launch;
A leaflet advising of the consultation was issued to approximately 6,500 properties surrounding the site, to advise them of the consultation and ways to get involved;
A press release was issued to the Lancashire Evening Post and Blog Preston, both of whom covered the news;
A dedicated project website and Facebook page were launched detailing key information about the consultation and ways to get involved;
Two public exhibitions took place, the first in Penwortham and the second at Leyland Market, providing an opportunity for local residents to discuss the development with members of the project team;
Workshops with residents living within the site were organised to allow those most directly impacted by the development to speak to the master planner one on one;
A series of meetings were held with stakeholders, including local ward members at South Ribble Borough Council, the Authority’s Cabinet, the relevant members of Lancashire County Council and Penwortham Town Council. A Steering Group was also established to allow stakeholders ongoing dialogue with the development team as the Masterplan progresses.
Formal pre-application meetings were held with key officers at South Ribble Borough Council and Lancashire County Council.
A Community Information Line and dedicated email address were available throughout the entire consultation, providing residents and stakeholders the opportunity to speak to the development team with any immediate queries.
A Statement of Community Consultation, which details all of the engagement undertaken, was prepared following the consultation. A similar document will be produced following the end of the draft Masterplan consultation.