The Bellacouch Consultation
One of the key aims of Chagford Community Trust is to maximise community benefit from the non-housing assets that arise from the proposed development at Bellacouch Meadow. From the masterplan that’s been approved by Chagford Parish Council and Dartmoor National Park Authority, these assets are likely to be work spaces, public toilets, open space and a car park. The precise nature and detail of these assets is yet to be decided – that’s part of the of the full planning application process that is likely to reach its conclusion later this year. We’re keen to see long-term community benefit as the top priority of any agreed plan – and to help us do that, we’ve secured a substantial grant from the Homes and Communities Agency. This grant has allowed us to engage the services of professional consultants who specialize in understanding these kind of community assets: from analysing community need, to projecting operating costs, we hope to gain the insight that’s essential to informing the Society’s direction and the planning process overall. Over the coming weeks, we will be working with Lorraine Hart of Community Land Use on the work spaces, public toilets and open space, and with Andy Stafford of Parkspace Consulting on the car park.
A vital part of this exercise is to get input from the community. This is most essential as regards work spaces: we want to build up a picture of what the community needs, and what is currently available. We also welcome input regarding the open space, public toilets and car park, for which our consultants will be focussing on how these assets could be designed and operated to maximise community benefit rather than performing a detailed needs analysis.
Business Premises Availability and Needs Survey
Chagford Community Trust is running a survey to help plan local business premises provision at the proposed Bellacouch Meadows development in Chagford. Your input can help to ensure that any business premises provided better meet the needs of the local community. Further, the results of the survey may influence other business premises provision in the future.