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New features and updates
Mon 21st Jan 2019 at 13:35

We have made a raft of updates and added a range of new interactive features to the Participatr platform, so we thought we would tell you about them.

Who should be involved in a consultation?
Thu 10th Jan 2019 at 14:10

Planning who to get involved in your consultation isn't as simple as drawing a circle on a map. We have set out what you should think about when planning who to engage with.

Better engagement can save the High Street
Wed 9th Jan 2019 at 17:00

Modern consumer habits are not solely to be blame for the struggles of the High Street. For them to survive, we need to engage better with those that shop, work, live and play there.

Good publicity can bring better consultation outcomes
Tue 8th Jan 2019 at 17:00

Good quality outreach is more likely to attract a more balanced and diverse response to your consultation exercise. We have set out five steps to achieve it.

The commercial value of community engagement
Mon 3rd Dec 2018 at 13:00

Property companies and investors are starting to quantify social value in pounds and pence, so how can the industry achieve it?

Supporting supporters of planning applications
Wed 14th Nov 2018 at 17:00

Our interactive websites now make it quick and easy for people to formally support planning applications.

Five ways to make planning real life-compatible
Tue 14th Aug 2018 at 13:00

The UK planning system favours those with the loudest voices and excludes those with less time and understanding, so how can we change that?

Technology is useless if it fails to tell a story
Tue 24th Jul 2018 at 15:00

Technological innovation in planning is welcome, but we need to tell people a story if we are to convince them to use it.

Stakeholders as customers
Thu 28th Jun 2018 at 11:30

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 16:00

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 09:30

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 12:00

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

Non-stop innovation
Wed 18th Apr 2018 at 09:00

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 10:30

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 15:49

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.

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