24 June 2016
WYG’s planners have won the prestigious Planning and Placemaking Award for Stakeholder Engagement for a housing development for Linden Homes.
The development for 32 homes, in Broughton in Hampshire, received unanimous approval after full and genuine engagement with the local community. Linden Homes and WYG acted directly on local people’s views to deliver a commercially viable, high quality scheme which also delivers significant community benefits.
After identifying a need for new houses in its Parish Plan, the Parish Council worked with local land owners and the community to find a suitable site. The Parish Council then selected the Linden Homes’ site as its preferred option, with the support of the community, from a total of five. WYG worked with the Parish Council and the local community to ensure that the proposals were exactly what the community wanted and needed. It held a community design workshop and informal meetings with local stakeholders. Responses from local residents and the Parish Council shaped the application scheme.
On collecting the award, Martin Hawthorne, Director of WYG’s Southampton office, said “We are thrilled to have won this award which endorses WYG’s commitment to stakeholder engagement. Our work with the local community over a number of years was key to delivering much needed housing and community benefits.”
Jacob Goodenough, WYG’s planning and project manager for the Broughton scheme, said: “This was a very exciting and fulfilling project on which to work and we are proud to have helped deliver such a successful scheme.”
Linden Homes commented: “We are delighted that WYG’s work on this scheme has received the recognition it deserves. The project demonstrates that genuine consultation reaps rewards for all concerned.”