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First Conversation consultation

About the First Conversation consultation 

In January and February 2020, we held the first big public conversation with our communities about what the new Local Plan should contain. We published a lot of material for discussion and debate and asked for your thoughts and comments online and through in person events and engagement. We also asked you to submit sites which you thought would be suitable for development, and sites which you thought should be protected as green spaces. 

As part of the consultation we also asked for your comments on the Sustainability AppraisalSustainability Appraisal Scoping Report, and Habitats Regulations Assessment Scoping Report.  

Visit our document library to read all the consultation documents.

The First Conversation consultation reached more people than ever before, with over 5,000 visitors to our website, 6,000 people engaged at events and 30,000 views of our videos online. 

We received over 8,500 comments and responses to the consultation questions from a huge range of people, over 650 suggested sites for development and 21 sites for green spaces. Thank you to everyone who shared your ideas and feedback with us. 

We published all the submissions we received in September 2020 and have since updated it to reflect further sites being submitted or withdrawn and clarifications from landowners/agents as part of our checking and assessment process.

We received comments and responses to the consultation in a number of different ways. You can read more in the First Conversation consultation and Call for Sites data release – summary report.

First conversation results