We write about digital disruption in planning and development


Stakeholders as customers
Thu 28th Jun 2018 at 12:30

Housebuilders tend to be very good at reaching their target audience and getting them to act when it comes to selling their homes. So what could their planners learn from their marketers?


Democracy can make commercial sense
Thu 10th May 2018 at 17:00

Opening up democracy in planning could be a sound commercial decision, not just a virtuous one.


Digital transformation is about teaching creators, not end users
Mon 30th Apr 2018 at 10:30

We do not train people to push the button at pelican crossings or use an ATM, so why should we need to teach people to use digital tools?


Add real value to pre-application consultation
Thu 26th Apr 2018 at 13:00

Online tools can help you add real value to pre-application consultation. We explain how.


Non-stop innovation
Wed 18th Apr 2018 at 10:00

Each community and project team that we work with have unique requirements, so we are always innovating with our online consultation tools.


In defence of Facebook
Wed 11th Apr 2018 at 11:30

Facebook has come under a lot of fire recently. But it has the power to change the terms of the built environment debate for the better, if used correctly.


Mobilising support for development
Mon 26th Mar 2018 at 16:49

Finding people that support development projects is not easy, but the biggest challenge is getting them to say so when it matters.


Could Citizen Panels be the way forward?
Wed 21st Mar 2018 at 11:30

Local authorities in England and Wales are starting to think about ways to make decision-making on built environment issues more democratic. Perhaps Citizen Panels could be a move in the right direction.


Participation builds reputations
Tue 27th Feb 2018 at 10:30

Early public participation is not just a nice-to-do, it is vital for public and private organisations to build trust and respect.


Planning Politics 2.0
Mon 5th Feb 2018 at 16:00

Political debate over where we should build things, like new homes, and who builds them is more intense than ever. But there is a way forward.


We need to un-complicate planning
Thu 18th Jan 2018 at 12:55

There are natural supporters for housebuilding out there. But mechanisms for them to shout-up and have their say in the political debate are simply not user friendly, and the main culprit is local government.


Honesty is paramount, not playfulness
Wed 3rd Jan 2018 at 14:00

Built environment professionals are increasingly using fun techniques to get communities involved in shaping places. But do they really work?


Digital engagement is not just a bolt-on
Thu 30th Nov 2017 at 13:04

Online consultation is often the best option for housebuilders or developers to get real, tangible, commercial benefits out of pre-application engagement.


Digital tools can make the planning debate less binary
Tue 21st Nov 2017 at 11:00

Why are the only answers yes or no when it comes to democratic decisions in planning? Let us change it.


Breaking down language barriers
Mon 16th Oct 2017 at 19:30

Terms like units, dwellings or 5-year housing land supply don't inspire the audience that needs the most convincing - ordinary citizens.


Post-it-note planning in the digital age
Wed 11th Oct 2017 at 09:00

How can Neighbourhood Planning groups, housing providers and Councils motivate the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach people to get involved in participatory planning?


Fantastic community engagement
Fri 29th Sep 2017 at 10:45

Inclusive public consultation wins hearts and minds at the grassroots of the community, giving your project the best possible chance of success

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