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.
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We support clients in the following sectors:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Educational
  • 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.cogitamus_logo

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

Please see the map below to view more details on past and current community engagement projects: