Oswestry Town Plan – Consultation and Engagement

In September 2012 Resources for Change were asked by the Oswestry 2020 Partnership to design and deliver the consultation and engagement element of their Town Plan, one of the Shropshire ‘frontrunner’ communities for neighbourhood planning.

The Oswestry 2020 Partnership is made up of representatives from local authorities, education, business, local organisations and the local community, who have formed a group to create a vision for the future of Oswestry.

We worked with the Partnership and its topic groups to work out who it was really important to hear from, and then to develop the consultation approach to make this happen. The targeted consultation included: street stalls; online questionnaires for residents, community groups and businesses; phone interviews with businesses; interviews with farmers; sessions in local schools and colleges; interviews with people from black and minority ethnic communities. Help from volunteers on the Partnership made a real difference to the reach we could achieve. 

Our main input concluded with simple data collation and analysis, providing the evidence base for the Partnership to create its Town Plan. However, we also provided a small amount of additional support for a short public consultation on the draft Plan in March 2013.

If you would like to know more about the Oswestry Town Plan and how you can get involved visit their website  

If you would like to know more about how R4C can help you with your Neighbourhood Plan, please contact Irene Evison.