About neighbourhood studies
We work with local people to undertake a comprehensive assessment of an area, identifying areas for improvement. Studies have been completed for Bridge Ward and Hawtonville in Newark and are underway for Ollerton and Boughton.
The study focuses on socio-economic (people), physical attributes (place) and opportunities, with community involvement at the heart of this work. It creates a locally driven document that provides all local stakeholders with a strategic and long-term plan to guide future decision making and investment.
By engaging with local residents, a neighbourhood study presents opportunities, not only to gain insight into local issues, but to also provide a platform for residents at the start of the planning and development process.
Each study takes a different approach to reflect the unique character of the area, but adopt a common structure:
Step 1: Baseline Report
This sets out an initial appraisal of the existing data for the neighbourhood, including the historical context. It reflects the first stage of community consultation and local stakeholder engagement in order to identify emerging ‘place’ (built environment) and ‘people’ (socio-economic) opportunities and challenges for locality.
Step 2: Interim Report
Provides a comprehensive account of data from the resident and stakeholder engagement programme and identifies emerging priorities. It provides a framework of initial ‘people’ and ‘place’ options for consideration and invites all stakeholders to feedback on these.
Step 3: Final Report
This summarises all the activities undertaken through the themes of ‘place’ and ‘people’, identifying the priorities and vision for the locality. It provides a delivery plan setting out a detailed appraisal of the prioritised options, including who will action these, the resources required and a time frame to work within.
Governance is a crucial element of a neighbourhood study. In this respect each study area has formed a ‘neighbourhood partnership’ involving local stakeholders (statutory and voluntary) and residents who act as a an advisory group and sounding board throughout the duration of the project, agreeing at its inception a terms of reference.
Although the council is leading the process it is very much seen as a community document and there is a responsibility for all stakeholders (including the residents themselves) to recognise their role in considering how they might assist in meeting the required options, so to deliver better outcomes for local residents. The study is also there to be used to shape each stakeholder’s strategic decision making, priorities and investment for the locality.
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Bridge Ward Neighbourhood Study
The Bridge Ward Neighbourhood Study was completed in March 2012. It set out a number of key challenges for the ward and proposals to address them. The main focus on the study was the relationship between Yorke Drive and the Ward and how to regenerate this area.
Hawtonville Neighbourhood Study
Completed in March 2016 this study focussed on the Hawtonville neighbourhood in Newark. The study engaged over 300 residents and generated over 1000 suggestions for investment in the area. These have been developed into a number of possible projects to be delivered under a new vision for the neighbourhood: Hawtonville – a proud and prosperous community.
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