Nearly 200 people packed Victoria Hall in Oakham to have their say for the first time on how the town will develops.
Oakham Town Council has approved the formation of a steering group to put together the neighbourhood plan and on Saturday, the steering group held its first public consultation meeting.
The steering group, which is mainly made up of residents from the community, was delighted with the response.
Liz Sanders, from the steering group, said: “The role of the steering group is to develop the neighbourhood plan with the community so that people can have their say. Following our first public consultation the signs are that this is proving to be very effective.”
During the event, people were able to provide their views on how the town should develop in the future.
Areas of interest included new housing, open spaces, development of the High Street, job opportunities, medical facilities, transport and roads, leisure facilities and protection of the environment.
Liz added: “This really was a community event with volunteers from the Oakham Baptist Church providing an endless supply of hot drinks and homemade cake.
“Local Guides and Rangers were also involved, keeping attendance records and helping to represent the views of younger people.
“The steering group really appreciates the support they provided and thanks them for their time and efforts.”
The steering group will now analyse the feedback from Saturday’s event and there will be more events in the future, to again provide people with the chance to have their say on different aspects of the plan as it develops. Working groups will be set up to look into specific areas of the plan.
Liz said: “Members of the steering group are all volunteers who, like you, live in the community. They want to see the town develop properly and carefully so that it is a buoyant and pleasant place in which to live, work and play.”
The steering group is still keen to hear from people who would like to get involved. To find out more e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org