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A UK company with extensive experience of PR in the construction industry has developed the most comprehensive public consultation service to date. The service is popular in the property industry (public sector planning, developers and architects) but can also be used as a research/consultation tool in a variety of industries. Unlike other tools available, the company provides not only the platform but the service. The company is looking for distributors, commercial agents or a joint venture.
The company designs and builds online public consultation platforms primarily for property developers, architects and local authorities who are required to consult with the local community over planning projects. However, the technology could be used for consultation in other areas such as large scale projects including transport, energy, health and education. It could even be used for large internal change management projects where large numbers of employees need to be consulted.
The platform is more than just a website in that the company offers all the necessary support to actually manage the consultation process drawing on their extensive experience of PR in the planning arena. This includes:
• Writing all content and population of site with key information including regular blogs
• Setting up polls, forums, questionnaires as required
• Monitoring and responding to interactive Q&As
• Setting up and managing social media and email communications
• Reporting as required
The company is looking for partners interested in commercial agency agreements, distribution services agreements or a joint venture who are preferably already working with existing companies planning developments in the UK in order to efficiently promote and sell the service. The company is also interested in working with partners who wish to use the platform for other forms of public consultation required in their native country.
The platform has already been successfully used on a number of development projects in the UK.
The solution provides a quick and cost-effective customised online public consultation platform which reduces the amount of more expensive “offline” public consultation required and results in a consultation process that can target a more diverse audience than can be achieved through traditional methods. In the development sector, clients have seen substantially more engagement and support and the likelihood of planning consent increased. A key output from the platform that is of tremendous value to the developer is provision of qualitative and quantitative data for the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI), a requirement of the planning process.
The benefit for the local residents affected by the development is information and the opportunity to engage in a conversation with the developer about the planned building works at a time and in a way that is more convenient and appealing.
The web platform is developed using Wordpress; the most commonly used content management system on the market which offers speed of development and extensive customisation.
Key features of the platform include:
• A fully customised consultation website branded for the developer which includes video, text, maps, word clouds, v cards, planning documents, news updates, images and exhibition boards.
• Continual monitoring and control of forums and discussions
• Polls, forums and questionnaires
• The option to limit participation to a geographical area and / or view comments prior them being posted
• Integration with social media
• Regular reporting
• Additional pages and features added as required
• Responsive design compatible with tablets and smart phones
• Compatibility with Outlook to enable users to download events to their calendar or contact data to their address book
Potential distributors, commercial agents or those interested in a joint venture should be established businesses with proven experience of planning and have relationships with architects and developers in their local countries. For other forms of consultation outside of planning, distributors or commercial agents should have experience of PR or press agency in those sectors.
Future plans are in place to develop the platform for other industries where public consultation is required. Under a different brand, the platform can provide an effective community relations service for use once a building project is underway, allowing construction companies to keep local residents informed of anything occurring during the construction phase that may have an impact on them e.g. large cranes visiting the site, road closures or increased volume of heavy goods vehicles.
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