Local Planning

PlanApps by Commonplace

Finally, a platform dedicated to truly engaging the community in local planning applications.

All the community engagement tools you need to help your community shape the places they live.

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Reach

Get more people engaged in planning applications

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Community Panel

Connect with our 210k-strong engaged community wanting to hear more about projects in their area.

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Planning Notices

Simplify planning application notices with prioritised information, images and clear calls to action.

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Navigable Map

The iconic Commonplace Heatmap has been adapted, doubling as an index for planning applications and making them easier to find.

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Map-based filtering, where users can save their search and receive notifications of future applications.

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Engage

Build trust through clarity of information

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Simplify

Categorise your information in a way that people understand. 

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Illustrate

Lead with images, 3D mapping and a timeline to make the experience visual and representative of the impact on the neighbourhood.

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Contextualise

Make the experience modern, mobile-friendly and familiar to make community engagement as easy and enjoyable as online shopping.

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Analyse

Increase your chances of positive comments

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Conversion Metrics

Build an understanding of engagement and conversion metrics so you can identify which types of information or images convert best.

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Website Traffic

Understand the origins of your website traffic to identify geographical or socio-demographic gaps in engagement.

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Analyse the comments using our TagsAI and TopicsAI to extract key themes in text-based comments.

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Collaborate

Drive further engagement through collaboration

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Agreements

Neighbours explore what’s already been said about a proposal before putting together their own thoughts or adding their ‘agreement’ to an existing comment.

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Subscriptions

Visitors to each planning application can sign up to follow a planning application as it progresses or subscribes to all / more planning applications in the area.

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Replies

Use the option to reply to individual comments and send status updates, information updates or news on each planning application, we recommend you continue through the build stage for major applications.

“The team at Watford, both planning officers and cabinet members loved it [PlanApps] and really embraced it. The visual aspect has been welcomed, and it is easy to understand what’s happening, thanks to the tiles and status updates.”

Semeta Bloomfield, Technical Support Manager, Watford Borough Council

How does Commonplace work?

Plan Apps by Commonplace is designed to help you reach your community, engage them in conversation, analyse their feedback and collaborate on future ideas. Use Commonplace as your online community engagement hub and build trust and transparency with local people.

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    Reach

    Promote and build awareness of your engagements and get more people to participate.

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    Engage

    Collect suggestions and ideas from your community on a range of different topics

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    Analyse

    Explore and understand real-time community insight with ease.

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    Collaborate

    Continually engage throughout the process, share updates and build trust.