In October 2016 we completed our first phase of formal public consultation, during which we held a series of public exhibitions and invited feedback on our draft plans.
On 28 April 2016 we began our first phase of formally consulting the local community on the draft plans which will be part of a comprehensive programme of public consultation in line with the requirements of the NSIP planning process.
This process specifically requires Ashfield Land (as the applicant for Rail Central) to carry out a statutory consultation as defined by a document called a Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC). The SoCC essentially prescribes how, when and where consultation will take place ensuring that it is straightforward for people who want to participate, whatever their views. South Northamptonshire Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council have been consulted on the SoCC, have provided input to the proposed approach and approved it.
Consultation information was presented to the public at the first round of public exhibitions in spring 2016. Technical experts including our architect/masterplanner, highways engineers, landscaping consultant and others were at the public exhibitions to help answer questions. Information on the consultation and the dates, times and venues for the public exhibitions was publicised widely. Please see further details in the Consultation information leaflet here.
Later in the summer, we published updated illustrative plans and new visual material as part of the Phase One community consultation. This first phase of consultation ended on 21 October 2016. We will continue to engage with local communities and their representatives throughout the consultation period and beyond.
In Spring 2017, we published the latest community newsletter, which provided an update on the feedback from Phase One consultation, how that feedback is being used to develop the plans, and the progress of technical work.
Phase Two consultation is scheduled to take place when we have comprehensive details across all key areas on which to consult. At Phase Two Consultation, the updated plans will be published showing how the proposals have developed since our Phase One Consultation. Information on this round of consultation and the dates, times and venues for the public exhibitions will be publicised widely to all relevant stakeholders and the local community.