Shirebrook residents are being urged to take part in a new style of planning consultation as we are asking for their views on a proposed Growth Plan for the town.
During March 2022, people living and working in Shirebrook are being asked what it is like to live and work in Shirebrook, how the town centre and Market Place could be improved and how the environment within and around the town could be enhanced.
To promote this new style of planning consultation we are trialling a new web based consultation platform for the Shirebrook Growth Plan Initial Consultation Exercise.
We are also looking at addressing under-representation of younger people in planning consultations and will be trying more targeted styles of engagement and using a phone-first approach by reaching out via social media channels and QR codes to promote quick access to the survey. Users will also be encouraged to pinpoint comments digitally using interactive mapping tools.
These new styles will also be accompanied by a more traditional consultation exercise to ensure less technologically engaged residents and workers do not miss out.
Council Leader, Councillor Steve Fritchley, said “We have published our ambitions within our Vision Bolsover prospectus that will see the District and our communities prosper and benefit, and the proposed Shirebrook Growth Plan is one way of delivering on these ambitions.
“This Growth Plan will outline our ideas for how the town will change over the next five-years and beyond and make Shirebrook an even better place to live and work. We want to improve our town centre and Market Place, one of the largest in the country, and ensure that local communities see the benefits of good sustainable residential and employment growth.
“In doing this, we want to continue our track record of innovation and by trialling new ways of engaging our community and showing good leadership, we can develop places such as Shirebrook and create a better future for you, and a better future for our children.”
The Initial Consultation Exercise on the Shirebrook Growth Plan runs from Tuesday 1 March to Thursday 31 March 2022 and responses should be made through the web based consultation platform where possible. A public drop-in session will be held on Wednesday 23 March at the Shirebrook Leisure Centre between 3pm and 7pm and Council officers will also be available at Shirebrook Contact Centre on Thursday 10, 17, 24 and 31 March between 10am to 4pm.
Beyond this, further consultation will be undertaken on the Shirebrook Growth Plan in July 2022 before publishing a draft Growth Plan in November 2022, with the aim of adopting it in March 2023.
We are funding these new styles of consultation by using grants from the Department for Levelling Up, Homes and Communities’ PropTech Engagement Fund. This Fund is aimed at supporting the widespread adoption of digital citizen engagement tools and services within the planning process and we have been selected as one of the national pilot areas.
More information is available by contacting the Planning Policy team on 01246 242203.