Middleport Community Design Festival organised by Urban Vision for the Burslem and Middleport Local Forum

Community Engagement

Urban Vision has considerable experience in community engagement, from the many and varied projects and activities carried out as an architecture centre to the structured programmes of statutory consultation required to produce neighbourhood plans.

Our philosophy is based on our belief that successful plans for the built environment must be founded on early and meaningful dialogue and consultation with local people and other interested parties.  Without the knowledge, advice and active support of local communities, and those who have personal knowledge of a place, any plan for the development and regeneration of that place will fail to realise its potential. 

The most successful plans and development proposals are created through processes of community engagement and consultation which combine local knowledge and insight with professional know-how and understanding of best practice.

Our experience

Urban Vision’s directors have been actively involved in all aspects of community engagement from producing engagement strategies to the delivery of many types of community engagment events and activities on the ground. 

Dave Chetwyn was formerly Head of Planning Aid England, the national body providing free professional planning support to local communities engaged with planning and development issues.  Dave is also an Associate of the Consultation Institute, which aims to promote the highest standards of public, stakeholder and employee consultation by disseminating best practice and improving decision-making.  He has delivered training on consultation best practice to many professional, community and membership organisations.

Hannah Barter has developed and delivered a wide variety of community-focused projects, involving a wide range of age groups across all socio-economic groups.  These projects include individual creative activities with young people and community groups as well as co-ordinated programmes of multiple projects delivered by community volunteers.  Hannah originated and managed the Pugin Bicentenary Celebrations 2012, which was a £250k programme comprising over 40 individual projects, developed and delivered in consultation with the local community in Cheadle, Staffordshire. 

Mick Downs has produced and delivered programmes of community engagement and consultation in connection with master plans, supplementary planning documents, neighbourhood plans and community-led housing initiatives.  Examples of these include the Burslem Master Plan, the Urban Design Guidance Supplementary Planning Document for Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme, the Winsford Neighbourhood Plan, and the Middleport Self-Build housing project.  Mick has written consultation statements in support of a wide range of statutory plans, including neighbourhood plans and supplementary planning documents and guidance.



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