Next is the model making. It helps the local ownership of the project if the model making is done locally, either by adults, or more commonly, in the local school.
Models are often made with involvement from children at a school, usually aged around 7-11, many of who will live in the area. The model making stage can be an early, informal opportunity to learn some of the history of the area from local residents (including children), some of their concerns and how they feel about where they live.
The model is made up of small (600 x 600mm) sections of polystyrene board which means that they are easily transportable and can be taken to different locations where people naturally meet. By using the model as a focus, the consultation is non-confrontational and the suggestions are anonymous so that people do not feel inhibited in expressing their opinions.