Today was a day that Emma, Lynne, Debbie and I thought would never come. But it has, and we're very excited about the potential of what happens next.
So why all the fuss?
In two words. Robertson Homes. After a flurry of emails over the last month or so, the four of us took time off work to meet Tim Metcalfe, Robertson's new North Regional Director. We met at duck pond and took Tim for a 2 hour 'walk in the woods'. To say he was surprised by what he found would be an understatement. Thankfully, unlike Bill Bryson's own adventures in the woods, he didn't come across any bears!
"Wow, this place is amazing, what a view, I just never knew this was up here and I expect most of Robertson's staff don't either!".
What we discussed
Tim's email following the meeting is provided below. But in summary:
To help him get a better appreciation of the wider complexities, Tim is currently meeting various parties including: ourselves, planning dept, transport agencies and local councilors - before presenting a proposal to the Robertson Group Board in late July.
At this point Robertson's will be in a better position to agree a way forward with ourselves, planning department and the local community.
If you have any ideas about what you'd like to see happen around the woodland comment below or via the Contact Us form.
It was good to meet you all today and really enjoyable being able to get a proper tour of the open space around our development and see some of the great work you and others have been doing. The setting for our development is truly unique and special and I want Robertson Homes to play its part in keeping it that way or enhancing where needed.
The specific items we discussed were:
I will look into each of the above to see if we can help in some way.
I would suggest that our main focus would be on improvement to areas that are widely accessible eg duck pond, so that maximise benefit for the community is achieved.
We also discussed the potential lease of the woodland areas. I will speak to our solicitors to see what our options may be and specifically to understand whether some form of management agreement might be a better route.
I will also give some thought about how we can work better together going forward to our mutual benefit. Please feel free to pitch any ideas you have.
Be in touch again soon