National roles for Place Studio on engagement in planning

29th July 2021Journal

Our considerable reputation on best practice community engagement in all areas of planning has been recognised in recent months, with work for England’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Welsh Government. Jeff was part of the team with Planning Aid Wales that undertook research for the Welsh Government, now out in the report titled…

A YES vote for Melksham Neighbourhood Plan!

6th July 2021Journal

A brilliant start to July for us with two more of our Neighbourhood Plans getting YES votes in their referendums! The Joint Melksham Plan – a neighbourhood plan that covers both the town of Melksham and the surrounding rural area of Melksham Without and 84% voted YES for the plan. The neighbourhood plan for the…

Work starts on Phase 1 of Keynsham High Street Regeneration

28th May 2021Journal

Congratulations to Bath & North East Somerset and Keynsham Town Councils as work gets underway on phase 1 of Keynsham High Street and Conservation Area regeneration! Place Studio worked with both councils and the local community to help them shape and detail their High Street scheme as well as securing £1.5m of delivery funding support…

YES votes for delayed referendums!

10th May 2021Journal

May 6th 2021 saw a number of Neighbourhood Plans put to the polls, after referendums were put on hold due to the Covid pandemic. Some communities we’ve worked with have had to wait for a year to reach this significant milestone. From villages in Wiltshire and Stroud, to towns in Herefordshire, we are pleased to…

Ross-on-Wye Neighbourhood Plan commended at national planning awards!

4th May 2021Journal

We are so pleased to share that – against some seriously tough competition – our work on the Ross-on-Wye Neighbourhood Plan has received a commendation in the category for Plan Making Excellence at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) National Awards for Planning Excellence 2021! The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established…

Mix your community engagement methods for the best results

21st April 2021Journal

The key to successful community engagement is often to use multiple engagement methods, each designed to capture the thoughts and interests of different demographics. One of our clients, the Joint Melksham Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, did exactly this for their formal Regulation 14 consultation which they held during the first lockdown of the pandemic in…

Ross-on-Wye Neighbourhood Plan is a Finalist in National Awards!

15th February 2021Journal

We are excited to share that Ross-on-Wye Neighbourhood Plan has been named as a finalist in the category for Excellence in Plan Making at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2021! Throughout the project, a variety of active community engagement activities were used to collect truly local evidence to produce a…

New Year, New Opportunities…

4th January 2021Journal

As we begin this new year, we’ve been reflecting on 2020. A difficult year in so many ways, but also a year that presented us with new opportunities and ways of working. Covid-19 has pushed us into working digitally more than ever and we are seeing great results doing online workshops and using collaborative technology…

Consultation in the sensitive and historic city of Bath

17th November 2020Journal

Place Studio, with our consultant Alison Bethell who is part of our extended team, has delivered the launch of the Bath City Centre Security Project consultation starting today with more than 1000 city centre addresses and across the district. Once in place the scheme will bolster the security of Bath city centre’s most crowded spaces…

We have a High Streets Task Force Expert on our team…

6th November 2020Journal

The High Streets Task Force is an alliance of place making experts that providesencouragement, tools and skills to help communities and local government transform their high streets. Experts are experienced and respected professionals, at Member or Fellow level of their respective professional body. Experts; • Visit specific high streets and town centres to work with…