Inclusive digital place based engagement

This project led by Camden Council builds on previously completed discovery work and aims to produce:

  • a prototype for a ‘digital’ planning notice linked to an e-alert system
  • a playbook for digital place-based engagement

This ensures local people, businesses, and other key stakeholders have a meaningful say on emerging strategies, masterplans, urban intervention projects (like town centre renewal projects) and major planning applications.

A digital planning notice will provide a user-friendly way for people to find out about development proposals near them. It will include more consistent signposting to planning consultations connected to that location, such as: 

  • planning applications
  • neighbourhood plan consultations
  • proposed site allocations
  • other linked spatial matters

The playbook will allow users to navigate the array of strategies, platforms, and tools for digital place-based engagement (DPE). It will provide practical support to develop comprehensive and effective approaches to DPE to be used independently or alongside traditional face-to-face consultation methods.

Playbook purpose
Playbook purpose

Working with Middlesbrough Council, Buckinghamshire Council and FutureGov this project is on track to finish in February 2020. 

The project follows Agile delivery principles, incorporating user research and service design into its activities. Working in the open, the project hosts fortnightly show and tells to update on progress and share findings. You can find the show and tells on YouTube and sprint notes on Medium. Everyone can request joining instructions by direct messaging @DigitAllPlanTec on Twitter or sending an email to The project also has a group on LinkedIn.