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      Emerging aspirations and ideas for use of the Metropolitan Open Land site were taken forward during two separate events by the Kingston University Landscape Architecture students, using a consultation process similar to the Planning for Real technique used by The Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation.  

Following on from the 17th November Footpath Walk, further workshops were held with local residents on 29th and 30th November, during which the students asked participants for their views on what they would, and would not like, to see on the Atkinson Morley site. Plan it for Real workshop in Scout Hut after Footpath Walk

They used a variety of techniques including a room-sized map of the site and surrounding area, an interactive computer exercise, a slide show and art work.                                                                                                                    Scout Leader reading wall map of AMH site after Footpath WalkThe students also displayed artwork produced at a workshop they had previously run with the Cub Scouts12th November, and 6th Form Geography students from Kings College School 25th November. All these sessions resulted in some really innovative ideas for using the open land.
Photos of Kingston University students of Landscape Architecture presenting result of Plan it for Real consultation to Residents Associations
LUNG is very grateful to the students for the tremendous amount of work that went into the workshops and congratulates them on the success of these events.   

The enthusiastic participation in the Plan it for Real activities indicates that many local people feel passionately that the open space is a precious resource, which should not be lost. All the ideas that have been put forward have been pulled together into a report by the students  (beware, it is an extremely large PDF of 15871kb and will take a long time to download!) There will also be a display at the Public Meeting on 17th March