A draft charter setting out what local stakeholders would expect to see in the delivery of the Garden Communities (previously referred to as the Tewkesbury Garden Town programme) was launched for feedback today (Friday, 8 December).
Built on principles including ‘connection to existing communities,’ ‘green spaces for people and wildlife,’ and ‘quality of build and infrastructure,’ the charter reflects recent input from the local stakeholder engagement sessions. One change is calling the programme ‘a series of Garden Communities’ instead of Tewkesbury Garden Town – a shift based on feedback from community groups and parish councils. The charter also proposes that existing communities are engaged in the naming of the new areas as and when they come forward.
The draft charter was shared at a meeting of the Garden Communities’ Programme Oversight Board, which is attended by representatives from parish councils, businesses, developers and landowners, and community groups.
Have your say
Local stakeholders and the wider public are now invited to provide feedback on the draft charter, including its content, design and any ideas for how it can be developed further.
For anyone unable to access the form online, paper copies will be available from Northway Community Hub, Tewkesbury Library and Tewkesbury’s Public Services Centre.
If you have difficulty visiting these locations, contact 01684 272099 to arrange for a copy to be mailed to you.
Once feedback has been received and the final version of the charter has been issued, all stakeholders will be invited to officially endorse it as part of a joined-up approach to the delivery of the Garden Communities programme.
Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Leader, Cllr Richard Stanley, said: “We’ve made a commitment to openness and collaboration as part of our new approach to the Garden Communities programme.
“Feedback from our residents, businesses and communities is crucial to ensure the Garden Communities meet local needs and reflect their values and aspirations. I encourage everyone to share their thoughts with us. Working together we can create new places that complement our existing communities and stand the test of time.”
Communications and Customer Experience Manager
Tewkesbury Borough Council