Creswell 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 village.
From today and throughout June, people living and working in Creswell are being asked what it is like to live and work in Creswell, how the village centre could be improved and how the environment within and around the village could be enhanced.
Council Deputy Leader and local councillor for Creswell, Duncan McGregor said, “The proposed Creswell Growth Plan will ultimately outline our ideas for how the village will change over the next five-years and beyond to make Creswell an even better place to live and work.
“Creswell is a large village and deserves a thriving village centre and we want to see further environmental improvement as part of any future growth. So we will continue to pursue the benefits of good sustainable growth to ensure our communities prosper and benefit physically, socially and economically.”
To promote this new style of planning consultation we are trialling a new web based consultation platform for the Creswell 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.
Councillor McGregor added, “And we want to involve the local community in the preparation of what goes into the Creswell Growth Plan. In doing so, we will continue to trial new ways of helping people shape our plans and get involved in making a better future for our children. So I encourage everyone who lives and works in Creswell to get involved and tell us your ideas.”
The Initial Consultation Exercise on the Creswell Growth Plan runs from Tuesday 31 May to Thursday 30 June 2022 and responses should be made through the web based consultation platform where possible. A public drop-in session will be held on Tuesday 21 June at the Creswell Events Centre between 3pm and 7pm.
Beyond this, further consultation will be undertaken on the Creswell Growth Plan in September 2022 before publishing a draft Growth Plan in January 2023, with the aim of adopting it in April 2023.
Grants from the Department for Levelling Up, Homes and Communities’ PropTech Engagement Fund are being used to fund these new styles of consultation. This Fund is aimed at supporting the widespread adoption of digital citizen engagement tools and services within the planning process and the Council has been selected as one of the national pilot areas.