Bringing social psychology to community engagement

The different way introverts and extroverts engage with the world is a much discussed subject and MPC use our understanding of those differences to ensure everyone’s voice gets heard.  We have a wide range of techniques in our engagement toolkit including pop-up exhibitions, door-knocking, interactive websites, and structured invitation-only workshops.  It is the latter of these which is particularly effective in drawing out the views of introverts - adding a useful balance to a debate often dominated by the extrovert voice (whether pro or anti the proposed development). 

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The YIMBYJess Pickett
Diversity drives workplace results

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations conducted a study that found that public relations remains dominated by white, predominantly middle-class professionals, accounting for 90% of respondents. Black, African, Caribbean and Black British professionals accounted for just 2% of responses, with Asian respondents accounting for the same tiny proportion.

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The YIMBYMPC
Falling down the rabbit hole

As a newcomer to the housing and planning industry, there’s no surprise that I have more questions than answers. My experience thus far can be paralleled to that of an exhilarating immersion program where I not only have to assimilate to the culture, but also learn the complex language of planning.

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The YIMBYMPC
An insight into #lifeatMPC

On 7th June I took part in a 10k race, which considering the London Marathon was just a month before it may not seem like a great distance, but for someone who hung up his running shoes after school track and field days ended in 2010, was still a daunting thought.

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The YIMBYMPC
Hello from the other side

Most people see their parish council – or town council – as part of the general background of their community – they run events for seniors, oversee the cemetery, organise the allotments. However, they might have more of a hazy idea of what parish councils do – until something planning-related crops up.

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The YIMBYMPC
Let's not be afraid to call new homes what they are

I dropped into a consultation event for a planned development near my house recently. It wasn’t just that I was interested in finding out what’s going on in my local area; it’s always interesting to look at the approach that other people take to consulting communities on planning issues.

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The YIMBYMPC
Unnafordable confusion

Any proposal that promotes an increase in affordable homes is often a welcome one across the capital and particularly within the MPC London office. Mayor Sadiq Khan yesterday launched a new initiative, Building Council Homes for Londoners. The ambitions the Mayor has laid out are typically noble, with talk of 10,000 new council homes over the next four years.

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The YIMBYMPC
Consent for news homes in Haddenham

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.

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Case studiesMPC
S106 contributions – a need for more transparency

A recent study indicated that almost a third of the British public now rank 'affordable housing' as one of their top three priorities to improve public life. Affordable housing was even placed ahead of other key issues such as crime, social care and economic growth (Kantar Public study 22/02/18).

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The YIMBYMPC