FACT CHECK: Community Engagement

Common mistakes – what to avoid

Public meetings allow little time for each person to speak and can be dominated by a few forceful individuals and be confrontational, which can be intimidating for some.

They are a poor means of obtaining community input.”

[Locality, official guidance]

The outcome of the MRRA’s approach would be an unrepresentative set of advisory guidelines which carry no weight at appeal.

The new planning rules set out how communities can now write guidelines for their area that carry full legal weight at appeal.

We are more likely to secure the outcome we want if we follow the official guidance and use the recommended procedures.