EAST HAMPSHIRE District Council will trial innovative digital technology designed to give people a greater say in shaping and regenerating their own communities.

The council has secured £40,500 from the government to set up a state-of-the-art consultation system to make planning more open and accessible than ever before.

The digital technology will first be used this summer to consult with residents of Whitehill & Bordon about parking issues across the town. If it proves successful it will be used for more public planning consultations in the future.

The Herald did ask East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) and Whitehill Town Council leader Councillor Andy Tree for more information on the ‘parking issues’ going out to consultation.

The district council has not yet responded, and Cllr Tree replied: “Good question! I have no idea....”

Commenting on the new technology, Cllr Angela Glass, portfolio holder for planning at EHDC, said: “Modernising the planning system and using digital technology will help increase community participation in local decision making, including among under-represented groups, such as renters and those from black and ethnic minority groups.

“We hope the new technology will give people a much clearer idea of proposals, how they look and how they will affect their neighbourhoods and, as a result, give them a much greater say in how their communities are shaped.”

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is providing the funding.