Moore Environment consider stakeholder and community engagement as key to long term success of many projects, ensuring the making of desirable, purposeful and valued places.
We have designed and managed effective consultation strategies for a wide range of schemes from complex major infrastructure and multi use development to community open space projects with excellent feedback and results.
Community consultation is frequently a client aspiration and key objective of the project. With the National Planning Policy Framework focus on creating healthy and inclusive communities, effective consultation becomes ever more relevant. Early involvement of local groups can assist the design process and resolve conflicts and needs. Involvement of the community can increase the sense of ownership and improve long term care and use of the finished project.
Stakeholder consultation is a requirement of EIA, and is best achieved by a comprehensive strategy, bringing benefits to the performance of the project and its path through the statutory process.
Each consultation strategy must be tailored to the project, depending on many factors including scale, complexity, statutory requirements and end use. The strategy may include:-
- Meetings – to establish the aspirations and issues of key players
- Group events – identify a broader range of issues, potential conflicts through the use of workshops, interactive exhibitions
- Public events – involving the wider community and include exhibitions, questionnaires, leaflet drops, on line surveys or forums.
Formal recording and reporting of consultation results is essential. Follow up events to report the findings to the local community is important to ensure they can see how issues have been addressed in the design of a scheme.