Our planning work

Over the last two decades, Chelgate has built a reputation as one of the country’s leading practices handling communications, and public relations surrounding planning applications, stakeholder engagement and community consultation for development projects. Our track record is impeccable: we have not been involved with a project that has failed for over a decade.

We have handled all types and kinds of projects, including contentious, high profile and the complex. These have ranged from major leisure villages in Wiltshire and Bedfordshire to a national memorial in London, and from a historic dockyard in Kent to a major mixed use regeneration project in London’s Victoria.

As well as the most challenging projects, we have also handled numerous commercial and residential developments for various major house builders, developers, consultants, clients and funders. The obstacles and opposition at each have meant evolving individual strategies to sustain productive relationships and achieve intended outcomes.

Our team is consists of current and former councillors, including planning committee members, a former property developer, former and current journalists, and environmental campaigners. Click here to view more details about our team.

Our service is tailored to the client, and the particular project requirements, but could include development land assessments, development strategy development, stakeholder and community engagement, community consultation, media relations, issues and crisis management, collateral development and training.

Our innovative on-line consultation tools, with Google mapping, have proved very effective in motivating the usually silent majority in participating. Using the internet also addresses the major obstacle to effective planning consultation: that of the information vacuum and the prevalence of rumour and hearsay undermining the entire process.

Our planning communications, stakeholder engagement and community consultation work is handled by our dedicated division, Chelgate Local.

If you would like to talk to an executive about Chelgate’s development planning and community relations services, please contact Liam Herbert, director of client services, on 020 7939 7939 or at lh@chelgate.com.