Community Consultation

The proper and constructive involvement of local communities in significant development proposals is nowadays not only a corporate responsibility but also a statutory requirement.

Iain Vellacott and Althea Taylor-Salmon have over 40 years’ combined experience of handling all aspects of community, political and media relations in support of medium- and large-scale housing development proposals and other schemes.

There are four distinct stages to our work:

1 Research and Strategy Development

– Stakeholder and project research

– Strategy development

2 Implementation

– Promotion and dissemination of information

– Community consultation website

– Direct communications, including publications, exhibitions, and social media

– Consultation and engagement

– Media relations

– Lobbying and community liaison

3 Reporting

– Writing the Statement of Community Engagement

4 Monitoring

– Monitoring and advice on emerging issues

An example of a recent project that we handled encompassing many of these activities is the 2,600-home mixed-use development to the north of Bishop’s Stortford that received planning consent in 2014.

For more information on how we can support your development application, contact Iain Vellacott or Althea Taylor-Salmon at askus@fortunepr.co.uk or call 01992 551 335.

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Community Engagement on Development Proposals – Bishop's Stortford North

Iain is undoubtedly one of the best in the business. His extensive experience coupled with his understanding of the planning system make him a key member of a project team. His initial research and ongoing monitoring are always extremely useful in identifying potential issues and opportunities and his communications abilities are excellent -whether it be writing press releases or exhibition boards or just having a quiet cup of tea with a concerned local resident. I would have no hesitation in recommending Iain – he is a pleasure to work with, an excellent ambassador and he always gives 100% commitment to a project.
Andrew Dutton, Strategic Land Director Bovis Homes