An engagement website for the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community has been launched. The website forms a crucial part of the Engagement and Consultation Strategy for the Garden Community, which was published in December 2020.
The website encourages communities and stakeholders, of all kinds, to share ideas, input thoughts and will eventually ask for feedback on proposals, as they emerge, for the Garden Community.
Ideas and feedback generated from the website will help the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community project team to produce the Development Plan Document (DPD) for the Garden Community. A DPD needs to be produced with community and stakeholder input to guide development for the specific Garden Community area. It will evolve the vision, allocate land uses and detail core policies, which planning officers will use to make their decisions on planning applications.
Cllr Tony Ball, Chairman of the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Member Group said “I’m very pleased to be able to launch the engagement website. Following the publication of our Engagement and Consultation Strategy before Christmas, the launch of the website marks a very important step towards encouraging our communities and stakeholders to share their ideas on what living in the future might look like. We really do want all ideas, however big or small, so that we can help shape this community of the future, together”.
Cllr Carlo Guglielmi, the Tendring representative for the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Member Group said “The launch of the website is very exciting, and I am looking forward to seeing what ideas, hopes and visions for future living our communities and stakeholders come up with. The website is easy to use and is a safe place to have an open conversation. Many of the functions of the website promote an open dialogue, so that as well as talking to us, participants can talk to one another”.
Cllr David King, the Colchester representative for the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Member Group said “The Tendring Colchester Borders project is an ambitious and challenging one, to provide a place to live of quality, meeting the needs of residents now and in the future. Success requires the community to share their ideas and hopes for this Garden Community, via the website. No idea is too small, or too big. You don’t have to be an expert, but we need people to think ahead about what’s important for a good quality of life. This is a chance to have a real influence on the lives of our future generations”.
As the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community project team work to produce the DPD over the next few years, the website will continue to ask for feedback and ideas. The website will continually update to reflect this process.
The website can be reached at talk.tcbgardencommunity.co.uk
Anyone who does not have internet access can write to Freepost TCB GC with their name and address, to stay in touch by post.