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21st December 2021

We are delighted to present our feedback report from the Phoenix Project Design Festival. We had more than 3,100 visits over those exciting and busy three days and it has taken quite some time to analyse the huge amount of feedback we collected.

Our team is already hard at work with your thoughts and suggestions in mind, as we alter and improve our plans for the Phoenix. We are looking forward to showing you how we have responded to the feedback at a public exhibition in the early spring, prior to submitting a planning application with the South Downs National Park Authority. 

We were overwhelmed by your enthusiasm and shared passion to turn the tide on how we build and how we live at a time of climate crisis. It was equally clear that many of us feel that the behavioural changes needed to make a difference will be easy and pleasurable if done together. 

This new neighbourhood will be designed around the principles of sharing more, using less and having places to work, eat and play within a short walk of home along streets that prioritise people, not cars. This is an incredible opportunity to use locally sourced sustainable construction materials, to deploy local skills and create new jobs, as well as deliver affordable homes, new venues, creative and makers spaces, and a fabulous riverside walk and public access to the Ouse for small boats. We will turn this barren brownfield site into an urban neighbourhood rich in greenery, ecosystems and biodiversity, with homes powered by a renewable energy grid built for resilience and adaptability. 

“This looks like the beginning of the future” was just one of hundreds of comments left by visitors to the festival. We hope it will be – and we look forward to getting there together. 

You can read the full report here. In the meantime, keep safe and have a wonderful Christmas. 

– The Human Nature team

Andy Tugby and Chelsea Renton of Human Nature and Dan Rea of Periscope speak at the South Downs Network’s Sustainable Development and Living webinar here
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