Nottinghamshire residents asked to help inform the design of future communities

20/03/23 - Nottinghamshire residents in Broxtowe and Rushcliffe are to be asked to help inform the design of communities of the future, as part of a government pilot scheme.

Events in Chilwell and Clifton 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.A sketch of the Strategic Design Code focus sites in south Nottinghamshire.

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 in a New Window).

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.”

Councillor Milan Radulovic MBE, Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, said: “It is important for all Local Authorities to consult with the public when working to raise the standards of housing in our local areas in relation to the environment, quality of living, accessibility to space, education and health services. Residents views are vital in shaping new design codes, so we want to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard in this consultation.’’