BOROUGH planners are set to consult residents in the Westminster area of Ellesmere Port on their draft development brief for the town’s waterfront area.
The brief’s aim is to use distinctive and high- quality design to create a mix of affordable housing, community and leisure facilities and open space.
There will also be a thriving commercial environment to boost the local economy and provide varied employment opportunities for people.
A number of workshops will be held at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, where refreshments will be provided. Those interested in attending should contact Gemma Jones on 0151 356 6504 to reserve their place now.
There will also be a number of public exhibitions with additional information and the chance to ask planning officers questions. These will be at Westminster Community Centre from 3-8pm on Monday, November 24 and from 3-8pm on Wednesday, November 26.
The council has teamed-up with Planning Aid, which provides a free, independent advice service to individuals and groups that need help with planning or regeneration issues and can help people ensure their voices are heard when and where it matters.
Regional manager Jan Beaumont said: “Local authorities now have to actively consult local people and communities on planning and development issues.
“We can support people in playing a more effective role in the planning process, particularly on issues affecting local areas and neighbourhoods and are pleased to be involved with the consultations in Ellesmere Port.”
Borough head of planning services Tom Miller agrees that working in partnership with Planning Aid can benefit residents in the area, saying they will use the charity in consultations on the Waterfront development with focus groups made up from residents and small business people from the Westminster area.
Planning Aid can be contacted on 0870 850 9804.