One of the effects of the proposed Localism Bill is the need for potential developers to ensure that they get 'buy in' from local communities as part of their initial scoping studies. We have seen this in the 'Charrette' that the developers of Belmore Woods carried out last year.
We in SNUB have also been approached by Build Beyond Green to discuss this and their thoughts on Broadland can be seen at http://www.beyondgreen.co.uk/build/selected-projects/build-project-2/. In addition we have had a request from the Lothbury Trust who are the financers behind Broadland Business Park (http://www.lothburypt.com/DevlActActiveBroadland.htm) for a meeting.
It will be interesting to see what these developers want of us and how serious they take our views of community engagement and involvement. We will see if there views are the same as ours although we will not hold our breath.
Anything will be better than the attempts by Broadland District Council to secure local communities views through difficult and convoluted consultations, sham forums like the Rackheath Community Board and their propensity to ignore petitions just because we will not hand them over! They lost one of our first ones; how convenient!