A community conversation in Prestwich

14.03.23 5 min read by Joe Stockton

Your Prestwich is an ambitious £100m+ project that will transform the Longfield Centre in Prestwich into the new heart of this already strong community.

As such it is vitally important that we develop the masterplan in collaboration with the people of Prestwich; those who will shop, live and work in the new place, and benefit from the work we do for years to come.

Together with our partners Bury Council, we held a variety of consultation events on the future of Prestwich Village. These community conversations were centred around a draft masterplan and some illustrative architect’s sketches that acted as a conversation starter, to help shape our future ideas.”

Our plans to create a place for all in Prestwich Village include delivering: a community hub, a village square, spaces for independent businesses, a people-first place, a sense of arrival, homes for all, outdoor and green spaces.

We were interested in getting as diverse a range of opinions as possible, from all kinds of groups and people, so we worked closely with Bury Council to ascertain the best ways to reach out and gain feedback.

Prestwich Village consultation

There were lots of ways people could join the conversation and have their say in a way that was accessible to them:

 

We held an exhibition at the local library where the project team were on hand to discuss the project

We hosted an online Q&A where participants could learn more about the plans and ask the project team questions

We held a series of community workshops, listed at www.yourprestwich.com

We hosted an online questionnaire at www.yourprestwich.com

A freepost questionnaire and newsletter delivered to all Prestwich addresses

We set up a project specific inbox and phone number for email and telephone enquiries

We provided the option to write to ‘Freepost HAVE YOUR SAY’ (no further address or stamp needed)

We set up project social channels – Twitter @YourPrestwich | Instagram @yourprestwich | Facebook @YourPrestwich

 

The consultation and community conversations were widely engaged with:

 

300 attended our public exhibition

120 joined the online Q&A

40 attendants at community drop in sessions

Over 500 feedback forms received

1000 social media followers

We’re using the consultation feedback to help shape our plans to create a vibrant and highly-sustainable new destination for Prestwich Village. We want to provide a positive legacy in the village for years to come by understanding and listening to the community’s needs and aspirations, and weaving them into the public spaces, amenities and the homes we create. ”

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