On behalf of numerous public and private sector clients, Ardent has successfully coordinated consultation process and stakeholder management, including negotiating with objectors. Integrity and transparency are central to our approach.
We involve all stakeholders from local authorities and utility companies to landowners and occupiers to the general public. We listen to their views and by taking the time to address every issue and respond to every query, we effectively manage opposition and take views on board, allowing for the development of the best project.
In many cases, we have overcome third party concerns by entering into agreements that regulate the ongoing promotion and procurement of the scheme, while at the same time ensuring project delivery and reducing risks to cost and budget.
We undertake stakeholder consultation, landowner engagement and public consultation to a thorough standard for all forms of compulsory purchase order. These processes usually neatly follow on from the conclusion of the Land Referencing process. We also recognise and have experience in the different legislative requirements concerning consultation for various types of compulsory purchase, including the rigorous requirements laid down in the Planning Act 2008 under sections 42-44.
To support this process, we will produce documents including the Statement of Community Consultation and any further consultation reports. We will also assist in producing the consultation report for a DCO application inputting in particular to the Land Interest consultation processes undertaken. With extensive experience of complex negotiations, compulsory purchase orders and dispute resolution, we have the skill to anticipate potential conflicts and resolve them before they become an issue.
Ardent has a 100% record in securing compulsory order powers on schemes where it has led the consultation process.