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Southport Town Deal shortlisted for prestigious planning award

Southport Town Deal’s consultation and engagement process has been shortlisted for a prestigious Planning Award.

‘A Whole-Town Engagement: Southport Town Investment Plan’ has been shortlisted in the Award for stakeholder engagement in planning (plan-making or pre-application) category.

Engaging with thousands

In partnership with Turley’s, Sefton Council led the largest recorded response to a single consultation in the town, engaging with thousands of local people, securing thousands of pieces of feedback. Much of the consultation was successfully delivered during 2020 with Covid-19 requiring an innovative approach to virtual engagement, through partners such as Stand Up For Southport.

The feedback generated formed a significant part of Southport’s Town Deal Bid, resulting in £37.5 million being awarded to Southport.

Town’s biggest conversation

Dwayne Johnson, Chief Executive of Sefton Council, said: “The Plan we submitted was informed by the biggest conversation that the town has ever had about its future.

“We had 7,000 pieces of individual feedback from residents, business and visitors; over 1,000 young people from the town also put their ideas forward. The breadth and quality of consultation and engagement with all ages no doubt helped us to secure one of the largest Town Deals that the government has agreed nationally and across 101 towns.”

The Awards presentation will take place on Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 June.

Find out more about the Southport Town deal and the Consultation and Engagement process.