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Decision making process

Name of the case study
Llandarcy Urban Village

Decision making process
In 1987, BP established BP D´Arcy Development Ltd to help develop and deliver a sustainable regeneration solution for the future of Llandarcy following the closure of the main operations at the crude oil refinery.

In 2000 an informal partnership was created between BP, the local authority, Welsh Development Agency (WDA) and the Prince´s Foundation to look at future options for the former Refinery site.

The project´s principal partners are the Welsh Development Agency, BP, NPTCBC and The Prince´s Foundation. Within the project are between 20 and 30 key decision makers, and approximately 73 stakeholders including residents associations, Members of the European Parliament, Members of the UK Parliament and Welsh Assembly Members.

Three levels of management exist within the project,
• The Development Board,
• The Management Team,
• Technical Working Groups,
that consist of people from the project partners and their consultants.
The Board comprises senior officials from each of the partner organisations and is the forum for key decisions. However, most major milestone decisions are also referred back to the respective partner organisations for their own approval. The Management Team take most day-to-day operational decisions.

Due to the size and complexity of the development a whole raft of specific technical, financial and political considerations inform every decision.

Name of tool
A project based design code;

Decision making process - tools in decision-making process
The project based design code although produced at the start of the project will be continuously influential throughout the development of the village. The tools have been implemented by consultants, including the design code, which will all be implemented and adhered to by the architects, developers and constructors of the village.

The project based design code, through its prescriptive nature will influence the design of the whole project development, and ensure that the different areas within the development, in the centre, within housing blocks in neighbourhoods, at the neighbourhood edge, in rural open space, on the ecological reserve and within the employment district, will be developed upon with a common theme.

Name of tool
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).

Decision making process - tools in decision-making process
The BREEAM assessment was made after the design stage of the EA building by consultants. Developers and designers are encouraged to consider these issues at the earliest opportunity to maximise their chances of achieving a high BREEAM rating.

Name of tool
Building Research Establishment (BRE) Sustainability Checklist;

Decision making process - tools in decision-making process
The BRE Sustainability Checklist has continuously been used during the project. Through use of the BRE Sustainability Checklist tool it was revealed that no energy strategy had been considered for Llandarcy. As a result, a sustainability and renewable energy expert from Oxford Brookes University was employed to look at the energy impact of the project. This was too late for Phase 1 of the development, as plans had already been completed, but will be incorporated into future phases of the entire development.

Decision making process - how was the information for the dmp disseminated
Information on the project has been disseminated by a Communications Group which is comprised of representatives of the partners, aided by PR consultants, good relations from press releases from the range of organisations involved, including the WDA, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, The Prince´s Foundation, BP Darcy etc..

Decision making process - how was the public involved
There has been some public involvement in this project, mainly by meetings with residents who live very near the site. BP have a regular resident liaison group which is attended by residents living nearest to the site. Residents were also invited to the launch of the project in January 2003.

Decision making process - was there public discussion over the project
The Unitary Development Plan process has also afforded the opportunity for objections and comment by the public at large as this document is available for public viewing and response.

What tools were used to assess sustainability?

A project based design code;

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).

Building Research Establishment (BRE) Sustainability Checklist;

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