Weymouth peninsula is going to be developed as the first part of the council’s master plan for the town centre. Amidst growing disquiet Weyforward convened a meeting of local community groups and business leaders and, using a professional facilitator, tried to find a consensual position and vision that the community could unite behind. It really wasn’t that difficult and we put the council’s outline planning application (and their vision contained within it) to the public vote against the community’s shared vision.
The results were pretty stark.
Effectively the mandate the council claimed to have in their planning application was completely negated in just a few days of getting the information out there.
Our desire to encourage the council to engage is still strong but currently they seem not to want to talk to us or the groups that created the shared vision which differs considerably from that of the council. As a direct result of this we felt we had to object to their planning application which was in a period of public consultation at the time of the vote.
Over the next few weeks we will be taking advice on the next steps we need to take to ensure that the community’s shared vision is realised as much as is reasonably possible. More soon…