‣ 9.00am | Arrival and registration

‣ 9.45am | Welcome

‣ 10.00am | Opening Plenary

Finding and Winning Support for Development: Challenges & Opportunities

In this session, we will look at some of the key challenges presented by public engagement on development issues and consider some of the opportunities it presents.

‣ 11.00 - 11.15 | Break


‣ 11.15am | A choice between two sessions

(A) Engaging with Councillors: Working Together to Deliver More Homes

This session will look at the politics of public engagement. What do local politicians feel developers should be doing to improve their engagement? And what do developers see as the main political obstacles in their path? Recognising that most people agree we need more homes, we will question how developers and politicians can work together to increase housing delivery on the ground.

(B) Delivering Success: Shelter's Housing Insights for Communities

In 2015, a groundbreaking report was published which enabled a street by street understanding of support and opposition to new homes. Here, we review its impact and effectiveness at targeting the silent majority in the UK who support house building. Delegates will leave this session with a greater understanding of how targeted engagement with supporters can help to build a positive narrative in favour of new homes. 

‣ 12.15 - 13.00 | Plenary

Launch of a New Shelter Report: Activating the Silent Majority

This session marks the launch of a major report, undertaken by Shelter and Meeting Place Communications, into new and effective ways of reaching and engaging communities on development issues. The report, sponsored by Redrow and L&Q, also looks at the use of social media and community outreach as a means of engaging hard to reach groups. 

‣ 13.00 - 14.00 | Lunch and Exhibition


‣ 14:00 | A choice between two sessions

(C) Innovation in Engagement: Building a Consensus for Development

We will take a practical look at some of the most innovative consultation techniques being used by various organisations. We will question, what works and what doesn’t? Can we agree some methods and approaches that should become a staple component of any engagement, or should every consultation be truly bespoke? 

(D) How to Run an Effective Campaign: Lessons from Politics and the Voluntary Sector

Together we will consider, what are some of the key techniques in running a successful campaign, and how can they be applied to development to ensure effective pre-application engagement? Can the development industry learn anything from political parties about how to run a campaign which wins hearts, minds and active support? 

‣ 15.00 - 15.15 | Break


‣ 15.15 - 16.00 | Closing Plenary

Engaging the Silent Majority: What More Needs to be Done?

Engagement 2017 will close with a session pulling together much of what has been discussed during the day, and looking forward to what more can be done to find support for development. 

‣ 16.00 - 16.15 | Thank you and Close

‣ 16.15 | Networking & Drinks