Nottinghamshire residents asked to help inform design of future communities
Nottinghamshire residents in Rushcliffe and Broxtowe are to be asked to help inform the design of communities of the future, as part of a government pilot scheme.
Events in Clifton and Chilwell will be backed by an online consultation and will ask people to help create beautiful, better-connected places across the south Nottinghamshire boroughs, addressing the climate emergency to meet the aspirations of local communities who live and work in the area.
Centred on design quality at future development sites at Toton and Chetwynd Barracks and the Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station area, the strategic design code will seek views on more connected, sustainable, and beautiful places for people to live and work.
East Midlands Development Company, supported by a partnership of local authorities including Broxtowe Borough Council, Rushcliffe Borough Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, is consulting on the design code, one of 25 pathfinders across the country for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
The Design Code Pathfinder Programme, in line with the missions set out in the Levelling Up White Paper, will empower communities to demand the creation of development they can be proud of, with many projects focusing on regeneration of neighbourhoods and town centres.
People can take part in the consultation by visiting www.emdesigncode.co.uk.
Public exhibitions will be held on Friday 17th March at Clifton Village Hall (NG11 8NE) between 4pm and 7pm, and on Saturday 18th March at Village Hotel Nottingham (NG9 6DL) between 11am and 2pm.
Ben Bradley MP, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said “Proposals for Toton & Chetwynd and Ratcliffe-on-Soar are an important part of our long-term vision for the future of the county. New developments here could bring in thousands of new jobs, add billions to the regional economy and provide much-needed new homes.
“We want to know what local people think about what these new communities should look like. If you live or work in these areas, please make sure that your voice is heard.
“We have a major opportunity to shape these developments so that they are environmentally friendly, high quality, well connected, attractive places that people want to visit or call their home, with suitable green spaces and facilities nearby.”
Cllr Simon Robinson, Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, said: “Residents are urged to take part in the consultations and have their say on the future of this key development at Ratcliffe-on-Soar.
“This is a hugely important strategic and iconic site that could shape this part of Rushcliffe and the East Midlands and attract significant investment in the region for decades to come.”