Public consultation has been an important part of the ongoing community engagement with the local community since Elephant Park began. It is required as part of the statutory planning process, however, Lendlease also values Community Inclusion as part of its Sustainability Framework, aiming to create thriving communities that are rich in culture and context.
The consultation programme for the Park took place between March and September 2019 and aimed to engage a wide variety of stakeholders through four different approaches:
- A series of Community Workshops were held, engaging representatives from local community stakeholder groups and local schools.
- A Walking Tour was organised for representatives of the local ‘Friends of the Park’ group to discuss what works in the area and ideas for the park
- A Public Exhibition took place where members of Lendlease and the design team were available to guide visitors through materials on display and answer questions.
- A series of ‘temporary park’ pop-ups were set up in various locations around Elephant & Castle which featured artificial grass, garden furniture, games and showcased information panels of initial design ideas and images.
In total, over 500 people attended consultations and engagement events associated with the Park. This was achieved through hosting a variety of activities across the surrounding area of the development, to reach as many people as possible. Valuable feedback was collected from the public, including topics like access, landscape designs, play facilities and park management. The Park design team responded by making changes to the plans that reflect key feedback areas.