During September 2017, Bloor Homes gained approval for a reserved matters application for 150 new dwellings in Oadby in Leicestershire.
Bloor felt that it was crucial to ensure that local residents and stakeholders were fully consulted on the reserved matters. Engage Planning assisted Bloor Homes with a programme of detailed consultation on matters including transport, housing-type, the effect on neighbouring residents, landscape, ecology and drainage. Details of further community benefits were also provided, including the accommodation of football pitches, allotments, a trim trail and a children’s play area.
The consultation included a public exhibition, production of a project website, liaison with ward councillors and a Statement of Community Engagement. Neighbouring residents were consulted directly. This established a strong ethos of dialogue with the local community and set a precedent for wider engagement on the site.
The public exhibition was well-attended. Over 100 people came to view the plans and to speak to our project team. From the exhibition it was evident that there was a real need for quality new housing in the area with many attendees indicating their interest in buying a new home.
At committee the application received only two objections from local residents and it gained strong approval from the members of the council.
The project demonstrated the advantages of thorough consultation at the reserved matters stage: