MPC works with communities and developers to achieve successful planning outcomes for residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, across the UK. We also navigate complex stakeholder environments for land owners and sports clubs and with leading energy firms to build, manage and protect reputations in an extremely competitive and sensitive landscape.
We understand the importance of maintaining transparency in the planning process, and consistently deliver fresh, clear and engaging communication strategies which encourage positive attitudes and mobilise support for development.
In London alone we have used our unique insight into the planning environment to shape communications strategies that have helped to secure consent for over 4,000 homes, almost 70,000 sqm of employment space, 200 student rooms, a multi-screen cinema and a 20,000 seater football stadium.
MPC worked with Taylor Wimpey to run a programme of political and community engagement on plans for 140 new homes on land in Sawbridgeworth, East Herts. The allocated site was the first to be subject to East Herts’ adopted masterplanning process, which requires extensive engagement with communities.
MPC worked to support the smooth progress of reserved matters proposals for 650 new homes in Cringleford, South Norfolk. The site benefited from outline consent for 600 new homes, land for a new primary school and facilities including a new community orchard and allotments.
MPC was appointed by Bovis Homes to assist with the community and stakeholder engagement on their reserved matters application for 230 homes in Essington, South Staffordshire.
MPC was appointed by a consortium of two leading developers to manage a complex programme of political and community stakeholder engagement on plans to regenerate a former Ministry of Defence site in Bath.
The reserved matters for the site were first submitted in April 2017, and were refused at committee due to concerns regarding noise pollution and also proved heavily unpopular with Witchford residents. The scheme was subsequently revised and submitted as an updated application which was later passed by unanimous vote.
In August 2018, this application for 125 homes was unanimously approved, with even the ward member voting in favour. Although the site was controversial MPC worked with Bloor to encourage positive engagement and consistent messaging throughout.
MPC was appointed to work on an outline proposal for up to 40 homes in Haddenham in April 2017, based on our knowledge of the authority. By engaging early on with the local school and the village’s Community Road Watch we were able to assuage many of the concerns voiced by the community, securing support from the Parish council and ward members.
MPC sought to achieve motivate the silent majority into active support by approaching groups such as sports clubs and community amenities which aimed to help improve job prospects and service provision in the area.
MPC conducted a successful planning promotion on behalf of a prominent national insurer. These plans involved a landmark development of a new cinema, chain hotel and associated restaurant/cafe units in Trowbridge.
MPC was instructed to assist a community-owned League Two Football Club with their plans for a complex stadium upgrade programme. This was to be funded with an enabling development of purpose-built student accommodation on-site.
MPC was instructed by an international bank to develop a comprehensive PR programme that would repair and enhance the reputation of a site in their portfolio.
MPC was appointed by L&Q to undertake community consultation for their proposed Bream Street development. Consultation events were held in November 2014 and March 2015.
MPC were instructed to run a programme of community consultation and engagement for the “repowering” of a wind farm at St Breock, near Wadebridge, Cornwall.
MPC worked on behalf of Primark Stores Ltd to promote the conversion of a shopping centre into what is likely to become the largest store in their European chain.
MPC was instructed to compile a programme of public consultation for proposals to convert a 30 storey office tower into over 200 high-end residential units.
Affinity Sutton, together with MPC, undertook a programme of public consultation including substantial engagement with tenants on the Sutton Estate in Chelsea.
The proposals included 98 new homes, significant public open space, 35% affordable and a mix of sizes that also included bungalows. Our client had worked hard to prepare proposals that met the needs of the community, but they needed help ensuring that the support for the development was heard...
Meeting Place Communications was instructed by Linden Homes to promote an outline application for 250 new homes in Ashchurch, Gloucestershire.... The application was recommended for approval and was granted a planning consent at its first examination, by six votes to seven.
A national supermarket retailer proposed to develop a functioning livestock market site in North Devon, which would enable the local authority to build a state-of-the-art new livestock ‘agribusiness centre’ on another site.