Development Intelligence is a specialist strategy consultancy that helps its clients successfully navigate the politics of the planning process be that at neighbourhood, local, regional, devolved or national government level.
Planning is always political. Thus every project needs a political strategy. And since the arrival of the Coalition Government and its localism agenda, this has never been more true.
Government would have us believe that all that is needed is good public consultation. But engaging with the public to explain your plans is fraught with difficulty. They have expectations which are often undeliverable. They are often suspicious of developers’ motives.
And the audience is much wider than just the local community; from neighbourhood, parish, town and community councils to local government, regional bodies and statutory consultees and beyond to the Scottish and Welsh Governments or Westminster and Whitehall, not to mention the local, trade and national media, there are many organisations which play a part in the politics of planning.
And opposition to development abounds. The ‘NIMBY society’ is on the march. Almost any development project now has some element of organised opposition. Too often, companies walk right into this opposition without foreseeing it, planning for it properly nor understanding how they can counteract it.
Development Intelligence provides our clients with a route map through what can be a political nightmare.
For too long, local people were held back and ignored because Whitehall thought it knew best. That is
changing for good… residents have a real power over decisions like council tax, town hall pay, planning,
community buildings or local services.”
From The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, 2011