At Remarkable, we arrange and manage the public exhibition to allow you to focus on other project areas. We have a proven track record of providing creative ideas to promote the application and managing the production of materials and events.Meeting the public face to face is now a key component to all pre-application community consultation and an element of most councils’ Statement of Community Involvement. Public exhibitions allow clients to discuss their proposals with the public whilst working to educate residents on planning policy.
Public exhibitions need to be accessible, understandable and friendly. We manage the process from start to finish including:
- Inviting local residents by direct mail campaigns
- Media briefings
- Stakeholder briefings
- Poster campaigns
- Involving local community groups
- Drafting and producing high quality display materials
- Managing the event on the day
- Providing freephone and post paid response mechanisms
- Compiling and analysing responses
- Dealing with residents' queries and questions
All our consultation work is compiled into a response to the Statement of Community Involvement, which is submitted as part of the planning application.
Our consultation events also include:
Workshops can be a great way of utilising local public knowledge while also gaining support for proposals. It might be the case that your proposals benefit from suggestions by the public – possible tree planting, additional access, favourable frontage.
The key to a good workshop is setting expectations – ensuring that residents understand the boundaries and constraints (both commercial and policy driven) of development. Our skilled consultants work with the development team to ensure a first class event, with outcomes that deliver commercial schemes.
Acting as a sounding board, community forums – often formed following initial community, neighbour and stakeholder contact – can meet to discuss ideas and proposals for larger schemes. Often this type of meeting, generally single issue, can lead to informed comment on detailed subject matter.
This method not only meets SCI requirements, but is a strong way to mobilise support as residents feel they are making a difference within their community.
Meeting regularly through the planning process, a working party can act as a community steering group for the development, an opportunity for both the developer and the community to raise and discuss issues. Independently chaired but facilitated and minuted by Remarkable, these groups often meet at the early stages of a proposal, before any public engagement and following wider consultation to discuss the comments raised and solutions put forward by the developers.