We are working with Galliford Try, a multi-academy trust and the ESFA to help evidence support for a new comprehensive school in Oxford

We have created an online consultation hub using the participatr platform, as part of a wider public engagement exercise by Sulis Public Affairs on a masterplan for the Harlow Centre in Oxford, which includes a new school for 11-18 year olds.

A key planning issue is the justification for the school in this location, and
the consultation website was designed to gather views from local residents and from prospective parents in the local community on the school plans, which include new facilities for existing schools at the Harlow Centre.

Having held two traditional 'drop-in' evening events, the level of support for the plans stood at 48%. However, our smartphone-compatible website provided the opportunity for young parents, of school-age children in particular, to get involved and have their say at their convenience.

Over the course of the following two weeks, 76% of those that submitted feedback online expressed support for the project, 82% of which were parents of school-age children that didn't make it along the drop-in events. During this period, 161 people responded online, compared to only 92 at the drop-in events.

This shifted the overall level of project support to 66%, and our interactive pinpoint map shows that the majority of supporters reside close to the proposed school site, in turn demonstrating the need for the school in this location to elected members of Oxford City Council.

The consultation website can be visited at www.marstonschools.com.

What else have we been up to?

A guide to public participation designed for the 21st century
Wed 4th Jul 2018 at 12:00

We have published a guide for town planners, local government, developers and Neighbourhood Planners to make public consultation a success.

Using technology to find where there is public support for buildings
Mon 18th Jun 2018 at 07:00

Build Here is a new concept by participatr, showing how technology can be used to find where there is public support for new buildings.

Gathering views on regeneration plans for a former brickworks
Mon 21st May 2018 at 08:30

We created an online consultation hub on regeneration plans for the former Napton Brickworks in Warwickshire.

Involving a Lincolnshire community in plans for new homes
Mon 23rd Apr 2018 at 08:30

We created an online hub for consultation on plans for new family and affordable homes in Leadenham, Lincolnshire.

Gathering views on bespoke retirement living homes in Somerset
Fri 2nd Feb 2018 at 11:50

We gathering views online on plans for 11 bespoke retirement living homes in Wedmore, Somerset.

Consulting online on retirement living homes in Dartmoor National Park
Tue 9th Jan 2018 at 13:50

We have launched an online consultation on plans for homes purpose-built for those aged 55 and over in Dartmoor National Park.

A new community mapping tool
Mon 13th Nov 2017 at 10:16

Map My Place is a mobile-compatible tool for people to highlight what they like, dislike, want, don't want and remember about a place.

Consulting on plans for a new school in Oxford
Mon 23rd Oct 2017 at 09:00

We are working with a range of local and national organisations to consult an Oxford neighbourhood on plans for a new school.

Consulting on plans for a mixed-use regeneration project
Sat 30th Sep 2017 at 09:00

We have created an online consultation hub to help build and demonstrate support for mixed-use regeneration plans.

Mapping support for new homes
Fri 29th Sep 2017 at 14:00

We are working with a leading UK-based architecture and planning consultancy to develop a web-based app for people to show their support for new homes.

Using open data to evidence need for retirement living homes
Thu 20th Jul 2017 at 15:15

We are using a range of open data sources to identify areas across the UK that have a quantifiable need of homes for the over-55s.

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