Ingleton Wood has announced the launch of a new virtual public consultation tool to help residents and communities engage with local planning applications during the pandemic.
The innovative online platform is an alternative to public events facing disruption amid the new tougher tier systems, meaning the public and stakeholders can view and comment on local proposed schemes at home.
The interactive tool can be accessed on computers, tablets and phones. It includes virtual public consultation boards comprising maps and key details of the proposal, as well as videos, and online feedback forms to replicate a normal community event.
Partner David Cresswell said: “Like many others, we’ve had to innovate due to Covid-19 and are excited to unveil our virtual public consultation tool which will allow communities to view and provide feedback on new planning applications.
“The new platform brings to life projects in a fully digital environment that is easily accessible to people of all ages and computer ability.
“We’ve developed the platform in response to demand for an alternative safe environment to engage with local projects, but we also think this is the way forward and will become embedded in our culture during Covid-19 and beyond. We’re confident it’s future-proof.
“We’ve embraced technology like never before in 2020, across all generations, and with busier lifestyles and winters becoming more severe, we think more people will prefer an on-demand digital way of having their say on local plans – from the comfort of their sofa.”
Rising numbers of local authorities, housing developers and other organisations have started using the new remote platform, with very positive initial feedback.
To find out more information, visit https://www.ingletonwood.co.uk/virtual-public-consultation.php.