As part of Cornwall Council’s commitment to bringing the local community into the centre of the place-making process, we have been working hard to involve as many people as possible in the development of Langarth Garden Village.
During the past 12 months we have staged a wide range of engagement activities to help us better understand the wants and needs of the wider community.
These have included community pop up events in Threemilestone, Highertown, Gloweth, Shortlanesend, Chacewater and St Agnes, workshops with local schools and colleges, with young people asked for their views about the place they live and what makes it special; meetings with major employers, including Truro and Penwith College, Cornwall Council and Royal Cornwall Hospital Tresliske, as well as with more than 50 key stakeholders, including local businesses, Cornwall and Truro Chambers of Commerce, Truro and Newham BIDS, and presentations to councillors from Truro City Council, Kenwyn Parish Council and Cornwall Councillors.
We have also attended the Truro Day event, Truro farmers market and Cornwall Business Fair, and held themed working groups sessions focusing on specific areas such as transport, the environment, housing, education and health provision.
Following the decision of the Council to take a proactive role in planning and delivering an integrated community at Langarth, a separate Langarth Stakeholder Panel was set up to engage with and represent the interests of existing residents and businesses in and around the site. This met monthly over a 12 month period to help shape the development of the masterplan and discuss any concerns from local communities.
We have also produced regular Langarth Garden Village e-newsletters which have been sent to key stakeholders, partners and members of the public to keep them up to date with the latest information on the scheme.
Together these activities are helping us connect the emerging new community with those already in existence which will ultimately deliver positive spins off’s all round.
As we move into the next phase of the project we are setting up a number of themed working groups to build on the work of the Stakeholder Panel and ensure that key partners and the local community continue to have a say in shaping the development.
Giving the community a say
We are also working with the local community to develop a stewardship model to give residents more control over the scheme in the future.
Langarth Garden Village will provide a new vibrant, distinctive and sustainable community in Cornwall and we want to work with local people to ensure that it meets the needs of both present and future residents and surrounding communities.