The politics of planning
"They then try & run consultations which you should never go to because they claim actually that as a result of doing the consultation they have got residents' support"
The above quotation is not from a reactionary rabble-rouser. It is the view of respected Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office, Chris Skidmore MP. This is the challenge house-builders face, a Government that wants more homes built and MPs who encourage their constituents to treat the developer with the utmost suspicion. Meanwhile, the local council will no doubt expect for a consultation to be carried out which delivers the kind of robust results that is only possible if local residents attend the consultation.
There are a lot of political dimensions which are capable of knocking proposals for much-needed new homes off course. Gorse PR has extensive experience of working in this highly charged field of public relations. We encourage house-builders to provide as much information as possible, engaging with local political figures and residents at an early opportunity. This allows for the input from those discussions to help shape the planning application. Equally, it is important to be clear with the community as to which aspects can change and what cannot for the development to be viable and sustainable.
To help deliver this, and based on our years of experience in the field, we have developed a Planning Application Consultation Package. It may be necessary to include additional features to meet the requirements of the local Statement of Community Involvement or to reflect amendments to a proposal, but this package presents a framework at a clear price which would typically meet the requirements of a local Council.
- Local analysis of the key political and community issues which may affect the application
- Briefings to politicians, press and stakeholders (pre & post-consultation)
- Informative invitations to residents to share their thoughts and ideas
- Either a community consultation event or resident's survey
- A dedicated web page providing project information and the opportunity for residents to leave feedback
- A Response to the Statement of Involvement Report
- An update newsletter for the local community
This package is available from £4,750
for developments of up to 50 new homes and £6,950
for developments of between 50 and 500 homes. Larger projects and those with a mixed use or commercial element can be priced on request. The quoted prices exclude expenses and VAT. Project work must all be undertaken within a 12 month period unless otherwise agreed. Prices quoted apply to mainland England, Scotland and Wales only. Following an initial discussion a detailed fee proposal would be prepared for your approval.