Working for a Consortium comprising the country’s leading housebuilders (Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey, Bovis Homes, Kier Homes and The Fairfield Partnership), Iain Vellacott and Althea Taylor-Salmon were responsible for all aspects of the PR and consultation programme associated with a proposal for a 2,200 home sustainable mixed-use extension to the north of Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire.
The 18 months project included:-
|Initial research to identify the history of the site, key stakeholders and potential areas of support and objection|
|Designing, writing and setting up a project website|
|The formulation and implementation of a detailed communications programme, including organising two community consultation open days and a subsequent feedback event that attracted a total of over 1,000 people|
|Continued liaison with stakeholders and the media through the evolution of the project|
|Monitoring and advice to the project team on emerging issues|
|Writing the Statement of Community Engagement to accompany the planning application|
East Hertfordshire District Council granted planning permission for the development in January 2014.
For further details on the project website, click here.
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