Objection Management, SOGG
Whether it’s dealing with objectors to a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) or representing a DCO, the team at Ardent have considerable experience of dealing with parties opposing a project application.
From our experience, it is much easier to tackle potential risks pre-application than waiting until the heat of the inquiry or examination. Undertaking preliminary, and thorough engagement and consultation with affected parties, enables our team to remove concerns and potential objections to the project at an early stage. We focus on working with these parties to establish a trusting relationship which helps to minimise risk.
Where possible agreements should be sought with affected parties, these agreements can not only include the terms of the required acquisition but also seek to tackle a number of concerns regarding the construction of the project and ensuring effects of the development are adequately mitigated to alleviate concerns.
The team at Ardent have extensive experience of working within local communities to remove and resolve miscommunication and rumours, which if left, can result in unwanted anti groups and local pressure being applied on affected landowners. This does not work in anyone’s favour and therefore working closely with community engagement forums and teams is critical from an early stage.
We frequently undertake the drafting of responses to relevant representations and responses to written representations through the examination process. Where required our team will work to deliver statements of common ground (SoCGs) and if required position statements, to satisfy the inspectors concerns around unresolved matters.