Planning applications can be contentious – even when proposals are in line with policy. Net Zero and regeneration aspirations mean re-thinking development: discouraging car use, a move to active travel, increased density, encouraging residential uses in city and town centres – these all have impacts. The ability to balance disbenefits to a few against wider societal needs can be challenging in a world where social media can misrepresent majority community sentiment.
Our approach is to ensure that the right balance of consultation, communications and political engagement is adopted for each project and that the complex world of development is simplified and clearly articulated.
How you engage and communicate with communities and other stakeholders can therefore be central to the success or failure of your project. We work with you and your design team from the earliest stages to help identify and map the stakeholders and establish the most appropriate level of engagement and the tools and approach required to deliver positive outcomes.
From online information events to co-creation workshops, streets-UK has the experience, creativity and project management skills to create and implement the most appropriate stakeholder and communications approach for every project. Where additional specialist input is required, such as public affairs or children and young people participation, we have a trusted range of associate practitioners to call upon.
The early design consultation phase is also the most appropriate time to consider the social impact of the project. Understanding how communities and other stakeholders will be impacted by a project, both positively and negatively can both help to remove or mitigate risks and to deliver meaningful social value. This helps develop support for the project and establish ‘social licence to operate’.