Community Engagement - In a Digital World
October 08th 2020
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Founder Managing Director
Wesley has 10 years’ experience in the charitable and voluntary sector. As a result he gained experience from a major national charity in community engagement and employability. This enabled Wesley to move into the property development sector. Formerly he was the Managing Director and founding partner of Essential Living Future. This was a Community Interest Company associated with developer, Essential Living. Here, Wesley drove a ‘mind-set changing’ approach which challenged traditional approaches to Community and Social Responsibility.
Thus SeerBridge was founded through this experience. Wesley brings his wealth of experience in creating and delivering community engagement with long-term results. His approach to consultation is to get under the skin of the community objectives of clients and deliver unique benefits to the communities and clients he works with.
Cllr Nesil Caliskan
London Borough of Enfield
Bartlett School of Planning
Education: PPE (mostly economics and statistics) in Oxford 1961-4 and then Town Planning at UCL 1964-6. Employed in Nathaniel Lichfield and Associates and in that capacity worked on the Milton Keynes Master Plan, other new settlements, retail schemes and cost benefit analysis. Joined the UCL staff in 1969. The 2008 date above is misleading: a few weeks after “retirement” I was re-employed.
Faraz is currently a Director at the interdisciplinary planning and design consultancy Terence O’Rourke which has offices in London, Birmingham and Bournemouth. He leads on planning policy, stakeholder engagement and business development for the company.
Prior to joining Terence O’Rourke, Faraz served as Executive Director for Policy at London First. His previous experience also includes senior management policy and public affairs roles at Surrey County Council, British Property Federation (BPF) and the Royal Institution of Chartered surveyors (RICS).
A highly experienced and multi-skilled professional with extensive knowledge within the property sector, Faraz has successfully delivered on a number of high-profile policy led campaigns. He is a dual qualified chartered surveyor (FRICS) and chartered town planner (MRTPI). He was a member of the Department of Communities and Local Government Planning Sounding Board which provided industry advice to Government. Faraz is a Board member of the RICS P&D Professional Group and also serves as Chairman on the RICS Planning Policy Panel.
Chairperson: Faraz Baber, Chair, Terence O'Rourke
Continuing our series of planning webinars, linked to the White Paper ‘Planning for the Future’ this session focuses on ‘Community Engagement’. The underpinning driver for the planning reforms is to build homes at pace but at the same time it seeks to ‘radically and profoundly re-invent engagement with local communities so that more democracy takes place effectively’.
The ambition is to make the planning system more accessible to a wider audience, by harnessing the latest technology and simplifying the plan making process. In an environment where the new proposals set out specific growth and renewal areas which have outline approval at the get go how can we ensure meaningful community engagement is enshrined in the planning process both at the plan making stage and when detailed planning applications are submitted for consideration? Can the new planning proposals really build at pace and properly engage with communities in placemaking – if so, how?