A public consultation was conducted over a seven-month period as part of the Reversed Matters Application for Phase 1 of the Original Planning Permission for the Silvertown development. The purpose of the consultation was to engage the local community on the Phase 1 development proposal and understand local views, priorities, uses and activities the community would like to see incorporated into the wider masterplan and reflect them in the design process wherever possible.
Consultation and engagement with local stakeholders and the wider community comprised of a number of stages to maximise participation and reach. This included:
- Public exhibitions and site tours to engage and understand local priorities, concerns and aspirations.
- Community open day on the Silvertown site, local school engagement activity and a public exhibition aimed at presenting the draft proposals and overall vision for Phase 1. This includes the placemaking approach, building uses, initial plot designs and public space proposals.
- Finally, a public exhibition was held, advertised to the local area to understand local views towards the final proposals following earlier consultation and feedback.
- Alongside face-to-face engagement, a consultation website called Commonplace was used to reach a wider audience and capture feedback on the proposals.
Plans for phase one of the scheme include circa. 1,000 new homes were submitted in September 2019 and signed off by the Borough of Newham in December 2019. The focus of The Silvertown Partnership will now be to work alongside the local community as they take the plans forward.