What’s the problem?
Our current system of urban development has resulted in chronic, low level conflict. Developers are often fed up with Councils and communities blocking progress. Communities feel powerless and are opposed to almost all development as they can't see the value it may bring to them. Planners can often feel under-resourced, overwhelmed by the private sector, and unable to satisfy local communities.
We use the above image of peaks above clouds to illustrate how people may seem to have separate needs, but if we search more deeply we find the connections underneath (credit goes to the Beyond Consultation! team who used this concept first). Despite the chronic, low-level conflict, we wholeheartedly believe that most urban development projects share common values and a passion for creating high quality places.
The challenge is two-fold therefore: 1) navigating all parties towards that shared understanding and, 2) helping those responsible for delivery to create a high quality outcome all can be happy with.
What’s the solution?
We specialise in bridging the gaps between and reconciling divergent interests.
Because our core purpose relates to achieving healthy and sustainable urban environments which benefit all, we are a trusted independent mediator.
We draw on a depth and breadth of knowledge in this area such that we can synthesise complex situations and help you navigate towards the best possible solution.
Because of our track record and knowledge in this area we can reassure, client, community and planning authority that all that can be done is being done.
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