What we do

Planning for Real is both the name of our organisation as well as the nationally renowned community planning process which is exclusive to our organisation.

We work with communities to help them have a real say about what happens in their neighbourhoods. We help communities design and run programmes of community engagement so that their voice can be heard on topics such as neighbourhood planning, new housing and regeneration projects and the provision of services.

We are commissioned by local authorities, housing providers and community groups to design and run programmes of community engagement. We offer a range of techniques all of which are visual, tactile, participatory and community-led.

We are most well known for our exclusive Planning for Real® model. This is a community planning process based on a 3D model which allows residents to register their views on a range of issues, to work together to identify priorities, and in partnership with local agencies go on to develop an action plan for change.

Our other techniques include ideas walls, aspiration trees and planning and evaluation tools. We provide training for communities wishing to use our techniques and we can facilitate entire programmes of community engagement.

We offer different levels of support for clients to choose from, which can be tailored to meet the needs of the project.