We are pleased to announce that the enhancement of the green space behind the Clifton Hill development has been included in the proposed plans for the Newtown site. The development is subject to planning permission being granted.

A Community Benefits Workshop was first held on July 15th, 2020 (with Councillors and key stakeholders present).  Two key areas were identified as priorities for the local community – upgrading the lighting in Belmont Park and enhancing the green space behind the Clifton Hill development site.

Following this meeting, an engagement survey was launched on July 23rd, via the development’s website, with 72 responses being received. Of the respondents, 83.3% were residents of Newtown and 66.77% identified themselves as female. A total of 72.46% indicated a preference for the enhancement of the green space.

A second Community Benefits Workshop was held on September 21st (also with Councillors and key stakeholders present). Here, unanimous agreement was reached to proceed with the enhancement of the green space behind the site, subject to planning permission.

A project team will draft proposals over the next few weeks, and further engagement activities will take place to shape the details of the project with input from the wider community.

This decision fits perfectly with the wider vision and ethos as we consistently build to exacting Passivhaus standards and remain committed to sustainable and innovative housing development. This initiative will be gifted to the community, in addition to contributions made to Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), Section 106 and the Exe Estuary Special Protection Area (SPA).

On top of building to Passivhaus standards, we also embrace the concept of ‘placemaking’ – a community-centred approach to building neighbourhoods in which people have a sense of ownership and enjoyment. Decisions like enhancing green spaces within neighbourhoods embody this placemaking approach to development completely.

At ECL, we believe in putting the wellbeing of people and the environment at the centre of all we do.