LLRA has been asked by those opposed to developing a plan for a shop, community hub and community growing centre what a vote by residents at the LLRA AGM on Tuesday 1 November against the Village Centre project would mean.
To clarify, LLRA is a democratic body that exists to serve the interests of Long Leys residents. We have had clear feedback from the Long Leys community in the past on the desire for facilities, and the Village Centre project is considered the best way to deliver what the community, rather than a commercial developer, wants. However, there needs to be majority community support for the project to progress further.
YES Vote Outcome: LLRA would employ a (grant funded) professional planning consultant to undertake consultations with the community to evolve the project to best meet the needs of residents. The final project detail would then be scrutinised by a planning examiner to ensure it meets national planning requirements. As a final stage the Long Leys community would vote, in a formal election just like the local city council elections, on whether to approve the final proposal. Project financing would still need to be obtained, based on the business case developed by the planning consultant and the volunteer project team.
NO Vote Outcome: LLRA would cease active work on delivering additional facilities such as a general convenience store and a community meeting place in Long Leys.
Please come to the LLRA AGM 6.45pm on Tuesday 1 November at Discovery Cafe, St. George’s hospital to vote on what you would like to happen. See long-leys.org/agm for details.
- The Village Centre Resolution being voted on at the AGM: The Long Leys Community approves the further development of a plan to deliver the Village Centre Project as broadly described in the February 2022 launch leaflet and requests that Carholme Councillors take an active role in helping deliver these much-needed local facilities for residents.
For full details on the Long Leys Village Centre project visit long-leys.org/village
- LLRA considers a community controlled and managed project is the best way to make sure Long Leys residents get new facilities such as a shop and community hub. However, commercial developers could still submit a planning application on their own terms, without community involvement, through the normal planning process.