Consultation and Community Involvement

Working with stakeholders including local businesses and residents is key to the development of deliverable policies and plans, and cost effective and successful traffic, transport and road safety schemes. It is also becoming increasingly important for developers to show local public support for large schemes at the early stages of the planning application process.

Statutory Consultation

Statutory consultation at the policy level is included within the Planning And Development Acts, requiring local planning authorities to take whatever steps they consider to be necessary to consult the public before preparing, amending or revoking a local area plan.

Following the passing of the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010, local authorities are required to promote "sustainable settlement and transportation strategies in urban and rural areas".  Given the current level of new development in our urban and rural areas, and available levels of funding, it is necessary to increase the sustainability of transportation facilities and networks in the most cost effective way:

  • limiting traffic growth for the medium and longer terms;
  • managing road traffic within the existing infrastructure; and,
  • ensuring that sustainable alternatives are encouraged for shorter, and particularly intra-urban, journeys.

In the current context, cost effective community involvement can be used to focus limited resources on real problems and meaningful locally development solutions, prior to developing a detailed plan that could lack public support and require significant and costly revision.

Consultation on Schemes

Consultation and engagement in relation to the development of schemes is particularly important within urban areas, where more people are directly impacted. This is recognised within Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2011, which requires consultation on any new road, road widening or realignment of 100 metres or more in urban areas. Consultation is also usually undertaken for the introduction of schemes involving:

  • traffic calming;
  • parking and traffic movement restrictions;
  • the introduction of bus lanes; and,
  • the introduction of cycle tracks.

Well designed and well implemented consultation exercises, taking account of local needs and specific issues, reduce the potential for criticism of developers and local authorities, both in terms of giving people a say about changes to their local environment and the implementation of the scheme.

How TTRSA can help

TTRSA have significant experience in applying a wide range of public consultation and engagement techniques and are fully aware of the importance of managing public expectations. We are able to assist you in the:

  • development and implementation of cost effective consultation strategies and programmes;
  • preparation of consultation materials;
  • web-based consultation and surveys;
  • organisation, management and delivery of consultation events including focus groups, workshops and public meetings;
  • statistical, spatial (GIS based) and qualitative interpretation of consultation outputs; and,
  • reporting.

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