Award-winning PLACEengage.com, created by the Property District team, is a 'virtual town hall' that tackles delays caused by objections to planning
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PLACEengage.com, created by the Property District team, is a ‘virtual town hall’ that tackles delays caused by objections to planning.

Using immersive technologies to transform public consultation


The Property District team behind this platform are using immersive technologies to transform public consultation and overcome planning objections that are slowing down the delivery of vital construction projects.

These delays, which can be anywhere between nine and 24 months, add an average of €11,500 to the cost of a home. Explaining the need for this placemaking solution, Property District founder Carol Tallon said: “The property market in Ireland is broken. People don’t trust developers, developers don’t trust the planners, and few trust the state to fix this.

“Mistakes were made by all side in the past, but this idea we have that property developers and the community cannot work together towards a common goal is nonsense. Collaboration is the only way to deliver the half a million new homes needed under Project 2040.

“PLACEengage is a virtual town hall, designed to inform people and encourage community engagement. This is achieved by allowing people to ‘experience’ the proposed development through immersive technologies like augmented reality.

“People can stand on the site of a proposed development and through their smart device see exactly what is planned, then log onto the platform and share their views, concerns and questions.

‘Much less likely to lodge blanket objection’


“We know that when people are given the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way, they are much less likely to lodge a blanket objection to the entire development. And the reality is that public consultation for property developments has changed – communities and local businesses are already using social media to discuss proposed developments – but they don’t always have the right information.

“Planners and developers need to understand this and create strategies to fully inform and really listen to what communities are saying. We need to hear new voices in the planning debate.”

Public consultation is already a statutory requirement for property developers, PLACEengage.com is simply giving them a better way to do this. This team has been at the forefront in property communications for a decade and a half.

Together with their online community of more than 40,000 followers, they are determined to speed up the delivery of new homes while giving a greater voice to the community.

“We have the support and the data to ensure property developers create better places and give the community a reason to say ‘yes’; winning this pitch award from a selection of investors and decision-makers has been important validate that the industry is ready for change,” said Tallon.

www.PLACEengage.com

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PLACEengage.com, created by the Property District team, is a 'virtual town hall' that tackles delays caused by objections to planning. Using immersive technologies to transform public consultation The Property District team behind this platform are using immersive technologies to transform public consultation and overcome planning objections that are slowing down the...