Pre-application Community Consultation: Going Beyond the Requirements
Date: Wednesday 21st March 2018
Time: 11:45 – 4pm
Location: Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Mold Road, Wrexham,
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This event will:
- explain Welsh Government’s requirements for pre-application consultation
- explain Welsh Government’s expectations for going beyond the requirements
- explore what each perspective – community, developer, planning authority and Welsh Government – can do to address challenges and maximise benefits
Welsh Government has introduced minimum requirements for pre-application community consultation for all significant planning applications.
Good developments are those that work well with their local areas, which means working with local communities. However, some convincing is still required from each perspective to develop a positive and beneficial process.
For communities, faced with limited resources and a feeling that their comments have no follow through and hence no ‘real’ influence on schemes, meaningful consultation should involve early discussions with developers and a clear understanding about how comments are taken forward in shaping outcomes.
For the local authority wanting to avoid it becoming a box ticking exercise means finding pro-active ways for encouraging and supporting three-way dialogue between planning authority, community and developer.
For developers, encouraging better pre-application consultation means overcoming fears that community consultation can trigger about wasted time, added costs and increased risk.
Building on these lessons this network event will explore how we can go beyond the minimum requirements to bring benefits for all involved.