Come along to the two evening sessions, or if you want to take part in more depth consider investing your weekend into taking part in the two day workshop.
Look! St Albans ‘Our Community Voice on Design’ is delighted to have been asked by ‘The Partnership’ consisting of St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust and Boultbee LDN (owners of The Maltings shopping centre) to host an externally independently facilitated design charrette for parts of the site. Information on what a design charrette is please see here http://www.lookstalbans.org/what-is-a-design-charrette.html
No previous knowledge of a Design Charrette or indeed planning is necessary, just bring yourself along with bags of enthusiasm. The expert team of facilitators will help us throughout so we can focus together on being creative.
Vanessa Gregory, Chair of Look! St Albans, said: “We are delighted to be asked by the partnership to host a home grown community led collaborative planning event.
Look! St Albans offers our services for free. Our aim is to actively involve all those who love our city and want to help shape a lasting, enduring legacy for future generations of which we can be proud.
Our proven methodology, (using our key draft design codes http://www.weebly.com/uploads/2/7/7/4/27749191/look_st_albans_final_design_workshop_report_jan_2013.pdf ) takes place before irreversible key development decisions have been made and expensive plans have been drawn up. Our approach has already won professional recognition in the recent Community-led Planning and Placemeaking Awards, so come along and take part. Please see http://www.lookstalbans.org/1/post/2016/07/-look-st-albans-success-in-planning-and-placemaking-awards.html
Earlier in the year Angle Property held their own public consultation for the site. Vanessa went on to say “There is an open invitation to all those interested in helping to draw up the designs, Angle Property will be very welcome to join us.”
Angela Koch of ImaginePlaces Ltd and her expert team of independent expert facilitators will lead us through a two day workshop as well as two interlinked public sessions before and after the design workshop where we shall seek to form a consensus on a beautiful, durable and feasible design concept for the site.
Creating a beautiful place is called Placemaking.
Look! St Albans are delighted that the community is also being supported by the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community who will be attending some of the workshops. Although the names of all the facilitators have yet to be announced it is expected some of the facilitators involved have worked with the Prince’s Foundation before.
The results from the design workshops will be presented at the public meeting on Friday 16th September to gauge the level of support. Anticipating a successful outcome Look! St Albans will then publish these jointly-created designs as a Design Brief which will inform future Design Access Statements for individual planning applications as a recommendation to the partnership.
Friday, Friday 9th September 7pm to 9pm – public open design session
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 10am to 5pm – workshops. These should be seen as one event, as the work started on the Saturday will be built upon on the Sunday.
Friday 16th September 7pm to 9pm – Report back presentation of the jointly-created designs.
All events are free and will take place near the site in the St Albans District Council Building, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, AL1 3JE. The Friday 9th Saturday and Sunday events will take place in the council chamber. Someone will be available to show which venue within the building will be used for the Friday 16th September evening session.
As the number of people able to come along to the two public meetings will be subject to venue capacity, therefore it may be worth considering booking your place using Eventbrite on the following link www.lookstalbans.org/CCOS by midday on Friday 2nd September. Although we will do everything in our power to ensure all those who want to take part can.
Vanessa concluded “This best bit for me in a design charrette is when the preparations are over, I have welcomed everyone I can sit down and just take part with everyone else. My views or that of any other members of the Representatives Group don’t carry any more weight than others taking part.”
For a view of someone taking part in a design charrette for the first time please read Dan Fletcher’s personal account here http://www.lookstalbans.org/1/post/2015/05/if-you-care-about-the-future-of-your-city-then-get-involved-it-is-your-look-st-albans-and-you-can-make-a-difference-a-personal-account-why-dan-fletcher-one-of-our-newest-colleagues-on-the-representatives-group-became-involved.html
This site has so often been the subject of conflict and failed proposals, let us show Albanians and neighbours care and create something beautiful. So get those creative juices flowing and join us!
Please download our poster for the event here and display were permissible