We believe the long-term viability and success of any retail development depends on strong support from within the community it serves and we seek to keep the public informed throughout the process. From very early in the planning stage right through to completing a scheme, one of the most important relationships is the one we forge with the local community through local residents as well as community and interest groups.
Public exhibitions are held for all large-scale projects where residents are encouraged to give their comments and feedback. Computer generated images of how a development will look, plans and scale models are used at these exhibitions. These important forums have in many cases resulted in plans being altered after listening to the views of those within the community.
The key to the success of such developments is working with local interest groups and listening to the community. Being willing to modify a project after listening to the people who live in the area is the most important step towards successful regeneration.
Once a development is underway we continue to listen to the community and ensure a Considerate Contractor Policy is implemented.
And when many of our schemes are complete, we invite local residents or schoolchildren to take part in the naming of them.