This ambitious neighbourhood plan covers two urban wards with a diverse housing stock, vast beaches, unique community assets and complex heritage issues. It contains a ‘Creative Business Community’ with 22,000 residents.
Our 12 planning policies address issues ranging from the allocation of numerous sites for development, controlling the size of flats to two or more bedrooms and resisting the demolition of non-designated heritage assets. It is an ambitious, ground-breaking plan, which encourages more family housing in place of small single person flats.
ECA facilitated, project managed and wrote this neighbourhood plan. We applied for funding and completed most of the technical work including a Housing Needs Assessment, Call for Sites and Site Assessments. We gained support from much of the community and local authority through a program of continuous consultation, meetings, social media (facebook) campaigns and public exhibitions. We set up and managed the ‘Regulation 14’ consultation in a pop-up shop. This was a rewarding, long-term appointment that has created a neighbourhood plan which will make a real difference to the community.