We were appointed by Newark and Sherwood District Council to take forward a Neighbourhood Study for Bridge Ward, an area to the north east of Newark Town Centre. The commission was to formulate a strategy that would deliver a high-quality and inclusive living environment with a range of community and employment opportunities, a network of high-quality streets and spaces and excellent transport connections.
Public consultation was an essential element of this project. In order to create an atmosphere of inclusivity and transparency, a public website was developed to enable local residents to interact directly with the team. In addition, a range of community events were held and six local neighbourhood champions were trained via a series of community capacity-building sessions. On the back of this engagement, we delivered a Neighbourhood Study which set out a comprehensive strategy deliverable over a 5 to 10-year period, building on priorities and opportunities identified by the community to ensure the long-term sustainability of the area.
Our proposals for the regeneration of Bridge Ward were well received. At the heart of the solution was a proposed development on part of the local playing fields, in order to create a larger access circuit for the estate, diversify the housing tenure and generate funds to improve the community facilities. This Site was subsequently allocated in the Local Plan Site Allocations Document.