Our community-led approach sits at the forefront of our decision making process. Regular engagement with local stakeholders allows us to deliver the facilities and homes that people want.
Across our schemes, the vast majority of homes have been sold to local people, something that is important to us and to the success of our projects.
Our level of community engagement and consultation has been praised by residents, local authorities and other stakeholders for going beyond basic obligations. We have hosted a number of high-profile public consultation events, regularly receiving more than 1,000 visitors in addition to thousands online, to elicit feedback on our approach and designs.
We have consciously and visibly modified plans to reflect feedback and to meet local interests and needs. This engenders a sense of trust between Dorchester Regeneration and the local community.
At Heyford Park, we worked alongside local residents to help them set up the Mid Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan, which is one of the largest of its kind in the UK. This gives local people the chance to have a real say in the way their local area is developed over the long term.
We also understand how important creating a vibrant community is in the early stages of a project. We promote community engagement through a programme of activities and events designed to draw people to the new development and build awareness of what is coming. We have run, for example, outdoor cinema events, park runs, classic car shows and heritage tours.