Consultation and engagement

What levels of consultation has the project gone through so far?

The proposals for Pydar have been shaped by extensive engagement with members of the local community, as well as by stakeholder workshops in numerous formats and events over the past two years. The first consultation events at the Pydar Pop-Up Venue in 2019 attracted over 700 members of the public who visited the exhibition and included many nearby residents and local business owners, completing questionnaires and discussing the designs, resulting in approximately 80% of the feedback being in support of the Outline proposals. 


Consultation has been undertaken with all our stakeholders including key businesses, land owners, public sector organisations, voluntary and community sector partnerships, education sector, potential tenants, potential investors and wider interested organisations. To date, over 200 organisations have been involved. In addition, we have received interest in the office space, hotel, leisure and food and beverage facilities.


The Outline Planning application was re-submitted on 6th May 2021 and the project has progressed through the planning process following extensive engagement and consultation.  The Project Team have had 300+ face to face conversations with the public. Approximately 80% of public and businesses engaged indicated that they are in support of the current proposals.

Further engagement is programmed with both Councillors and the public including a week-long consultation event at the Pydar Pop-Up planned 31st Aug – 3rd Sept, ending with an event on 5th Sept during Tour of Britain, which will be going past the Pydar site.

If the Outline application is granted, we will continue extensive engagement through each of the subsequent design development stages.

We also have this dedicated website, which will be updated regularly. 

You can read our statement of Community Impact here