For some reason the Council development company that is building the Plaistow Hub did not feel putting information online was necessary or would solicit anything useful. I feel like we have been transported back to 1997!
The consultation agency that have been hired by Red Door – ‘Your Shout’ said:
“With the other projects we have done with Red Door Ventures we have found that extensive leafletting and ensuring that we hold our events in convenient and popular locations for the local community has been effective.”
A bit disappointing as it would not take 5 minutes to set up a landing page and a survey – and wth such a big development proposal alongside another development of equal size I would have thought that all communications channels would be employed to make sure that this application gets as smooth a passage as possible. The tube station may have been more convenient than the library. Building on a park is always contentious so it is really important communication is spot on and there is a real sense that the developers care about the area rather than just going through the motions!
The changes to the local area are significant and the potential for a regeneration of Plaistow is obvious. Treating the applications as separate and with minimal consultation of local residents is both patronising and a wasted opportunity. It is very frustrating.
If you missed the consultation and want to know more here are the ‘presentation boards’ and if you want to share more thoughts than ‘yes’ or ‘no’ then you can email Sheli at Your Shout or call 0800 458 6976
Or you could make some comments below. I am going to visit them on Friday to get a better idea of the timetable, the consultation process, who to contact at the developers and who we can speak to at the council.
- Red Door will be submitting a full planning application to Newham Council in Spring 2017.
- Start building on site in early 2018.