The Maryhill Locks master-plan process involved considerable public consultation between April and August 2007 involving the local community and relevant stakeholders and interest groups.
In their report, Kevin Murray Associates, who facilitated the process, concluded that the consultation “demonstrates a constructive participatory process that genuinely influenced the nature of the masterplan evolution and content.”
Maryhill Housing Association, has a strong commitment to proactively involving tenants, homeowners, partners and stakeholders in consultation. The applicant understands it’s obligations under the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006 and specifically the requirement to undertake meaningful consultation with the local Community Council and other interest groups in relation to the proposed development for Maryhill Locks, Phase 2.
In this instance, consultation also included statutory consultees commensurate with the scale and form of the proposed development and the planning process to be undertaken. In fulfilling their Client’s obligations under the Act, the Project Consultants used tailored and appropriate approaches to engage the public as outlined within PAN81 Community Engagement – Planning with People. As a practical guide to the process, the Agents used SP=EED (Planning Aid for Scotland) to Level 2 to inform the process.
As part of the consultation process, presentations were given to two local Community Councils, Maryhill Community Council and Wyndford Community Council. The presentations consisted of ‘powerpoint’ shows describing the emerging designs in some detail. The Council members were then given the opportunity to question the Design Team and Client on the proposals. A similar approach was taken to discussions with the Committee of the local Housing Office, Maryhill LHO (GHA).