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19th March 2018

LOCAL WORKSHOPS BEGIN ON PROPOSED BUCKOVER GARDEN VILLAGE IN SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

The Tortworth Estate, and its development partner, St. Modwen, will begin a series of targeted workshops next month (April 2018) to directly engage the local community in the planning process for the proposed garden village at Buckover. This follows on from the formal identification of Buckover, as a strategic development location, in the recent draft West of England Joint Spatial Plan.

The workshops will be by invitation only and focus on specific local audiences to ensure that individual stakeholders, local residents, adjoining land owners, businesses and service providers each have the opportunity to input their views. They will commence in April 2018 and run until the summer with the results of each workshop used to shape and inform the Master Planning of the Garden Village. Full reports from each session will be made available to the public as well as further opportunities for the wider local audience to contribute via a Public Exhibition prior to the final outline planning application submission.

Robert Moreton of the Tortworth Estate said: "The Estate has spent the last 18 months exploring opportunities, listening to local people and organisations and undertaking a wide range of technical work. We now believe that the time is right to begin a series of local workshops to ensure that Buckover Garden Village is consciously planned, in collaboration with the widest range of local people as possible, all working towards the common goal of providing a truly sustainable 21st century community."

Rupert Joseland of St. Modwen added: "Our priority over coming months will be a prolonged period of engaging with as many local people and stakeholders as possible to help us formulate how and what Buckover Garden Village should look like in order to create a place where people will genuinely want to live, work and relax for generations to come."

The first workshop takes place on 17 April 2018 and is targeted specifically at representatives from local clubs, organisations and service providers. The workshop will begin with a short presentation of the principles of a garden village and the vision for Buckover. Break-out sessions will examine and explore both the development challenges and opportunities before a final plenary session to capture key outputs that will go forward to help shape and inform the overall Master Planning exercise. Representatives and officers from South Gloucestershire Council will be in attendance. This will allow them the opportunity to gain further feedback on their Local Plan policies as well as to update on outcomes from their own Local Plan consultation last October. They will be joined by land owner, The Tortworth Estate and development partner, St. Modwen.


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