More than 200 people visit Stanford Hall exhibition for first view of the proposals

Public consultation on the proposals to redevelop Stanford Hall for the DNRC started on Saturday 7 July with more than 200 people attending the exhibition on site.

The exhibition included displays of the draft plans and was hosted by the DNRC programme team including planners, architects and engineers.  A section of the west wing of the Hall was opened up to enable visitors to view the plans and get a feel for how the designs would breathe new life into the estate.

Feedback forms were available for people to provide their comments, reactions and opinions on the draft proposals – with many taking the opportunity to do so.

The public consultation continues this week with drop-in exhibitions in Rempstone Village Hall (Tuesday 10 July and Thursday 12 July, 4.00-8.00pm) and later this month in Hoton Village Hall (Tuesday 24 July, 4.00-8.00pm).

General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman, DNRC Programme Director, said:

"We opened the Hall on Saturday as we knew that many people would like to see something of the place after a long interval.  It was good that so many people came despite an unpromising weather forecast.  We hope visitors took away a clear impression of what we plan to do both for the cause of clinical rehabilitation (for the armed forces and the nation), for the buildings (many now in a very poor state of repair) and for the estate.  Those I spoke to seemed to support what we are planning to do here – and the concept of creating a DNRC in the Borough.  I sense many were pleased to see the prospect of a secure future for the estate.  We are grateful that many visitors took the trouble to fill in the consultation forms and I hope this will continue as we take the exhibition to Hoton and Rempstone later in the month.  Incidentally, we learnt a good deal about what has happened at Stanford over the years so we were grateful for that too."

The public consultation is open until Friday 3 August.  All feedback received will be considered and will help to inform the planning application which will be submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council later this autumn.

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