The Gomm Valley Community Engagement & Design Event took place over the June 29 - 1 July weekend. It was held at the bottom of the Gomm Valley in the glorious sunshine.
There was excellent representation from the communities adjacent to the site (Pimms Grove, Cock Lane, Tylers Green, Hammersley Lane, Gomm Road and Micklefield) as well as people and organizations from across High Wycombe.
Human + Nature and Aviva were particularly pleased to welcome so many young people; they told us they were interested in the emphasis on design and innovation and the authentic commitment to sustainability, but also in the possibility of perhaps living in the Valley in the future given the likely choice in housing, the appeal of the village square and access to beautiful, open, green space.
People living close by were keen to understand how to connect the existing community to the new community to best effect and were understandably concerned to hear how we can act to minimise impact on the highways network. There was also a strong interest in the landscape and ecology of the valley and both the challenges and the opportunities that the development presents.
We were very pleased with the courtesy extended to our team by local people and organisations. We are in no doubt about the responsibility we have to study deeply, plan carefully, design imaginatively and consult widely to bring forward proposals that can rise to the challenge set by the Development Brief and indeed by our own values and vision. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your further thoughts and questions.