Stakeholder engagement is the key to gaining support for projects, improving communications and gathering useful information and ideas. Any venture is more likely to succeed if it meets the needs of the people who will be affected by it.
Most projects will need to engage with a wide range of stakeholders which can include clients, government and local authorities, partners, communities and special interest groups. Every stakeholder has their own concerns and needs, conflicts of interest and levels of influence. Planners and project managers need to understand who the stakeholder groups are, what their issues are, and what motivates them.
Public consultation, community involvement and public opinion are an increasingly important part of the planning process. The developer can obtain valuable feedback and modify the proposal to deliver an acceptable solution, minimising the risk of an objection to the planning application.
We have a wealth of experience of consultation with different stakeholders as well as organising, preparing and representing our clients at public exhibitions for a wide range of development proposals. These include major nuclear power installations, highway improvement schemes and mixed-use and residential developments.
Royal HaskoningDHV’s core values shape our approach to the delivery of stakeholder engagement. We believe that society as a whole, and specifically the communities and living environments that we touch, provides the context in which we operate and give back.
Our experts will prepare a Stakeholder Engagement Plan in the early stages of the project identifying key stakeholders and outlining the level and methods of engagement needed. Consultation and consensus building reduces the risk of objections and increases the chances of achieving successful consent. We also provide on-going stakeholder engagement which will identify any potential concerns and objections as the project progresses.
Our experience on some of the UK’s biggest major infrastructure schemes consistently shows the benefits of early, open engagement and transparency. Collaborative working is cost effective, good practice, and ensures compliance with national, regional and local policy requirements.