Look! St Albans, as an organisation, does not have a collective view on any planning application, as the collective views have been expressed through the outcome of the design charrette.
Look! St Albans however encouraged (through this website and in a letter to a local newspaper) those who took part in the design charrette and others, who have an interest in the site to make their representations pertaining to the planning application to the planning department. Several individuals wrote in support of the application with two objecting.
The National Planning Policy Framework policy 66 clearly states: “Applicants will be expected to work closely with those directly affected by their proposals to evolve designs that take account of the views of the community. Proposals that can demonstrate this in developing the design of the new development should be looked on more favourably.”
Look! St Albans hopes this encourages other landowners and developers in central St Albans to work with the community, through the independently externally facilitated design charrette process, at an equally early stage, to produce similar positive outcomes.