Consultations in an uncertain world

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We know that development project timetables can be difficult to deliver in the best of times. With the current pandemic situation causing public events to be delayed or cancelled, there has been increasing concern that timetables will be adversely impacted. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Within Cratus we’ve got extensive experience of alternative engagement techniques so that the consultation – and your programme – can stay on track.

There are numerous proven alternatives to the traditional face-to-face public exhibition and our team can help you create a bespoke engagement process which ensures you can run your consultation and stick with your timetable.

Some of these techniques can be highly tailored to fit what’s needed and what works locally, for example, where newspapers were misbehaving, we have even been known to produce our own. Other techniques are less exotic and make use of existing news outlets and distributors.

Elsewhere, harnessing the power of digital we can create fully interactive websites, such as we recently delivered for Homes England, to showcase plans for flagship schemes.

In the case of Homes England, this ensures that up to date project information is easily accessible, but more importantly, the Cratus project team is able to monitor and interact directly with local stakeholders and the wider, interested, community.

Beyond that we can also work with clients to combine key elements of a physical public exhibition, digital platforms and social media to create a more interactive and engaging experience for the community – this would include harnessing Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to share dynamic content to highlight consultations that ‘walk’ people through your plans. We can also use online platforms to create a virtual public exhibition experience, using webinars to allow people to view the plans, meet the project team and ask questions from a remote location.

Depending on what level of engagement and interaction you are trying to achieve, Cratus can tailor a package for you and your project team. We will work with you on an individual basis and assess which alternative, modernised means we can apply to your project.

If you would like to hear more about how we can help you continue to consult against, gain consent for and deliver your project during these tumultuous times please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8629 7190 or at [email protected].

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