Community and Stakeholder Engagement
Athene Communications has an unrivalled track record working with developers, investors and planners to maximise support for planning applications of all sizes, enhancing the financial returns of new developments by reducing friction in the planning process.
We structure the public consultation process to enable our clients to negotiate the sometimes conflicting pressures of the Localism Bill and the National Planning Policy Framework.
This includes engagement with all stakeholders at an early stage to understand local concerns and reduce the potential for opposition.
Successful development, in whatever sector, demands a well-planned and co-ordinated approach to planning applications. The financial performance of new schemes is entirely dependent on achieving planning consent. This is itself dependent on effective engagement with the stakeholders and local community.
We support clients in the following sectors:
- Energy (including both renewables and nuclear)
- Neighbourhood planning
We have created a class-leading approach to community engagement, with a hugely experienced team and nationwide reach. Every project has specific requirements and local issues and sensitivities must be appropriately addressed.
Our community engagement approach includes:
- Community audit
- An engagement strategy
- Pre-application engagement and consultation programme
- Statement of community involvement
- Full PR and media monitoring services
- Social media campaigning and monitoring
We also work with local communities which want to produce a neighbourhood plan. This could include the creation of a stakeholder database, the organisation and promotion of consultation events via the local media, and the collation of feedback reports.
Strategic Partnership with Cogitamus
In 2017 we were proud to confirm a strategic partnership with Cogitamus.
Established in 2007, Cogitamus is a highly experienced public affairs and communications business, with a focus on political and stakeholder relations, specialising in transport, technology, public procurement and construction projects.
Working at local, regional and national levels of politics, and through engagement with the civil service, business, trade unions, the voluntary sector and community stakeholders, Cogitamus is focused on achieving our clients’ business objectives through effective, determined, thought-provoking and ethical campaigning.
As an independent consultancy, Cogitamus is able to commit the talent of its senior team to the design and execution of client assignments and, working with Athene, can help ensure the effective co-ordination and integration of political, media, stakeholder, and PR communications strategies.
For more information on all our Community Engagement work, please contact Edward Saunders on 01733 207334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see the map below to view more details on past and current community engagement projects:
Pre-application consultation for proposals to develop 26 new homes in and around the Russells Ride area in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire for Aldwyck Housing.
The new homes would be on six small sites.Detailed community audit for the Local Resilience Forum looking at political structures and social fabric.Pre-application community consultation for 1,850 homes, including affordable housing, and include provision of a new primary school, with an additional nursery, a local centre, footpath and cycle ways, areas of green space and an employment area. The Consortium is made up of: Taylor Wimpey, Connolly Homes, William Davis Homes, Bellcross Homes, Hallam Land Managements.Pre-application community consultation for the UK’s nominated site for new nuclear power station in Bradwell for EDF.Pre-application consultation for a 30 MWp solar farm on 150 acres located at Stradishall in Suffolk. The solar farm will produce enough energy to meet the needs of approximately 7,000 homes.Pre-application consultation for an Emergency Response Centre (ERC) at Sizewell B nuclear power plant.
The new facility would further enhance EDF’s strong safety standards.Stakeholder engagement to announce the launch of the new £120,000 fund to support the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Amenity and Accessibility Fund (AAF) is designed to support projects that improve access and help people enjoy the AONB.Pre-application consultation for Dry Fuel Store at Sizewell B Power Station.Pre-application consultation for a 30 MWp solar farm on 150 acres at the former airfield at Ellough in Suffolk. The solar farm will produce enough energy to meet the needs of approximately 7,000 homes.Community engagement and stakeholder consultation for the following proposals;
- A new home for Woodbridge Town Football Club
- A new home for St Audrys Sports & Social Club
- Approximately 95 new houses, community building and open space on current Woodbridge Town Football Club site
- A small low density development of 12 family homes at current St Audrys Sports & Social Club
- A new Household Recycling Centre
- To obtain planning permission for a new Waste Transfer Station for ‘dry recyclables’
- To make minor changes to the external layout and vehicular access to the adjacent Energy from Waste facility