We believe that the key to the development of successful design is the ability to listen and capture the thoughts, ideas and aspirations of the client team, local community, interest groups and planning authority.
In the UK, planning policy is now underpinned by stakeholder engagement. Engagement is also an integral part of the planning and environmental impact assessment (EIA) processes. Consequently, consultation with stakeholders is often a statutory requirement and also a key process on contentious schemes. Often new development is unpopular, particularly residential development within designated landscapes, such as green belt. Our unique perspective as landscape architects allows us to work with concerned communities and interest groups to develop sympathetic designs and provide information and re-assurance to stakeholders in regards to design proposals.
Our team of landscape architects and stakeholder specialists are passionate about engaging people throughout the feasibility, planning and design process and recognise that each site, project and surrounding neighbourhood has a unique physical, cultural and historical identity which should be reflected through design proposals.
DLA Landscape & Urban Design is well experienced and fully committed to engaging with stakeholders to provide the best service possible, with the most appropriate project solutions. Consultation and engagement would take a number of forms depending on the demographics and target audience, the affected/interested stakeholders, project complexity, available resources, available venues, available funds and time scales.
As part of our philosophy we employ a holistic approach to consultation and engagement, considering the widest range of likely environmental and social issues influencing development. We seek to provide a legacy of participation for direct users and also the local community and interest groups. Identifying the project stakeholders is the first step in this process, followed by looking at specific interests in detail, how they would potentially be affected and what influence they may (and should) have.