The following statement has been issued by Vanessa Gregory Chair Look! St Albans.
“‘Look! St Albans Our Community Voice on Design’ was delighted to be asked by ‘The Partnership’ consisting of St Albans City and District Council, Community Services, Hertfordshire Constabulary, NHS, Boultbee LDN (owners of The Maltings) to host a Masterplanning Design Charrette which took place in September 2016.
For this ‘The Partnership’, ImaginePlaces Ltd and Look! St Albans were jointly shortlisted both nationally and regionally for The Royal Town Planning Institute ‘Excellence in Plan Making Practice’ award. http://www.lookstalbans.org/1/post/2017/02/-look-st-albans-imagineplaces-ltd-and-the-st-albans-civic-centre-opportunity-sites-ccos-development-partnership-is-nominated-for-prestigious-planning-industry-award.html
Part of the Vision statement issued by ‘The Partnership’ at the time of the Charrette stated; ‘As landowners, we genuinely welcome this long-awaited opportunity to design, explore and test with you masterplan scenarios that will help us shape and coordinate a series of well designed, inspired and credible planning applications. We envisage bringing the individual planning applications back for further work on design detail beyond this masterplan work we are likely to be able to cover during this charrette.’ Full vision statement here https://www.lookstalbans.org/uploads/2/7/7/4/27749191/development_partnerships_vision_statement_working_draft_v1.4.pdf
I believe many who took part in that Masterplanning Design Charrette where we collectively produced two masterplan concept plans, both landscape led, Samuel Ryder Pavilion and Samuel Ryder Promenade https://www.lookstalbans.org/uploads/2/7/7/4/27749191/s_ryder_concept_plans_card_ccos.pdf would welcome the opportunity to work with the council, as envisaged in the vision statement, to work on the detailed planning applications. Drawing once again on the design codes co-created and endorsed by the community.
Because of the size and complexity of the site the redevelopment will have to be carried out in phases giving the community the opportunity to work on detailed plans, building on the work already carried out.
The city centre is our collective front room, we have an opportunity to leave a lasting proud legacy for future generations. We live, work and entertain in our city centre, we know it best.
The atmosphere and willingness of the community to work together to shape the heart of our city centre that we can all be proud of was palpable at the Masterplanning Charrette.
Although Angle Property were not a member of The Partnership (and had carried out their own public consultation earlier that year for their subsequent planning application) I was personally delighted that Tony Williamson, Executive Director of Angle Property owner of Hertfordshire House took an active part in the Charrette. Should we be asked to host further charrettes and he remains owner of Hertfordshire House, he will be more than welcome.
There have been many false dawns over many years for this particular site, we must put all that well and truly behind us.
This link leads to the report on the two concept plans setting out more information on both https://www.lookstalbans.org/uploads/2/7/7/4/27749191/ip_156_low_res__nov_2016_ccos_design_charrette_design_concepts_report_28th_nov_2016__.pdf
Our design charrettes are open to all, no voice is louder than anyone else, it is a joint endeavour. A real labour of love.
‘Look! St Albans Our Community Voice on Design’ is a unique inclusive community group that actively promotes community engagement on significant developments in central St Albans. We aim to take a collaborative approach to leave a legacy for the future that residents and developers can all be proud of. Look! St Albans remains impartial, expressing no design opinions of its own, but facilitates a design charrette process to incorporate all opinions.