Community Consultation

One of the things that make us stand out above the more general PR companies that have sought to enter the space over the past few years is our understanding of the planning system and the detailed research and close monitoring that is a core element of our approach.

At the start of any project, we carry out detailed research to understand the site and its surroundings, the political and community landscape, the key issues and the potential areas of support and objection.

The research includes:

  • Gaining an understanding of the proposals and the background planning position
  • Visiting the site and gaining an understanding of the local community
  • Analysis of the political framework of the planning authority
  • Reviewing potential issues relating to the proposed development
  • Policy development and other proposals in the area
  • Analysis of the nature and source of potential local objection/support

The research, coupled with our extensive experience, allows us to gain an insight into how local residents and politicians are likely to view a proposal.  Amongst other things this allows us to highlight any particularly contentious elements of a scheme that might benefit from further consideration.

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


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