In order to achieve this it was essential that a regular forum was set up to provide a platform for discussion and agreement on a range of issues with all stakeholders. Monthly project meetings are undertaken, facilitated by the Councils Delivery Team, to achieve this with action points pursued between meetings to ensure that progress on matters relating to the delivery of the site is maintained.
Project meetings generally cover a variety of issues and statutory consents (e.g. building warrants, RCC, planning applications, education infrastructure, health infrastructure, affordable housing, water & drainage infrastructure, and waste requirements). Typical issues can include:
- Street Design – A suite of new high quality street design details have been discussed in support of Chapelton’s complex but innovative street hierarchy. This has involved extensive dialogue based on a Quality Audit process advocated by the Scottish Government in its Designing Streets Policy.
- Education – Coordination between the Council and the applicant in terms of phasing and design including infrastructure planning and re-zoning to support a new school.
- Services – Liaising with service providers to understand or identify how existing services are being affected or will be phased in e.g. the phasing of a new doctor’s surgery.
- Infrastructure – agreeing the route and phasing of future water infrastructure, including firefighting capacity with the Fire Service.
All stakeholders attend one meeting meaning decisions and actions can be agreed across different services or disciplines.
Separately Community Liaison Meetings ensure the community and local Councillors are kept informed and have the opportunity to raise any concerns around construction, phasing or services with EDC and its contractors. This has proved beneficial in terms of the relationship between the new settlement, developers and in future new residents and the established community in the area.