Properly conducted engagement reaps positive results. Stakeholders are more likely to support development if they can influence, and be involved with, schemes from early on. Such support leads to successful planning applications, providing certainty for the development process.
Our approach builds trust through genuine and tailored engagement. Where possible, we work to address concerns early on - before they impede progress. We demonstrate to both local communities and the local planning authority that we have conducted authentic public consultation. In 2016, our work won the prestigious Planning and Placemaking Award for Stakeholder Engagement.
Using innovative techniques, we work to reach out beyond the obvious consultees to the relevant local groups and organisations that are sometimes overlooked in more generic consultation. We identify ‘red flag’ issues too so these do not disproportionately dominate the consultation.
Informed by our extensive experience across all sectors, we offer the following: