Neighbourhood Plan consultation surveys

By on August 22, 2016 2:09 PM


Neighbourhood Plan consultation surveys are often required by smaller local councils and/or Neighbourhood Plan committees. Clients like these often have little time to spare to run a survey themselves.  Sometimes, they simply need to involve an independent third party in evidence-gathering.  Whatever the background, we are always happy to help.

In 2016, we have conducted a postal and online survey of businesses in the coastal town of Salcombe, South Devon, for the local Neighbourhood Plan group‘s Economy team.  With a great deal of effort put in by the group’s volunteers on the ground in Salcombe, we received responses from 72 businesses.  These results have provided the group with valuable information on the likely demand for local business space over the next 5-20 years.

In 2015, we conducted a postal survey among residents of Mevagissey in Cornwall, on behalf of the Parish Council‘s Neighbourhood Development Plan committee.  We received replies from nearly half (just over 450) of the households in the parish.  This provided valuable information on residents’ views and preferences in regard to various aspects of the Plan.

We’re aware that budgets for surveys of this kind can be very tight.  We are always willing to discuss alternative research approaches with our clients.  A mix of methods, often including an online option, can give the best solution.  We offer all research services in-house.  We can minimise third party costs, such as telephone calls or mailing charges, given our ongoing high-volume agreements with the relevant providers.

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