Adopting a Consensus-led Approach

JTP has an established reputation in the specialist field of Community Planning and Charrettes. Over the years we have developed action planning techniques to engage stakeholders in creating a shared vision for the future and in implementing strategies for building consensus throughout the development process.

The techniques can be applied at any scale of project, and have been shown to accelerate key decision-making processes, break down barriers to development, and generate a common sense of ownership.

Our clients have benefited in a number of ways from bringing together all stakeholders at an early stage to plan for change.

These include:

  • Maximising development potential through consultative rather than confrontational processes.
  • Avoiding long delays at planning approval stage by addressing community concerns early in the design process.
  • Resolving conflicts where parties have become deadlocked.
  • Creating the framework for success in community funding bids.

Under the diagram below we have set out our methodology for Community Planning and a Charrette.

Charrette Based

We have pioneered our Charrette based methodology over the last 25 years. Charrettes are an intense participatory design process that is used to achieve:

  • A rapid and time and resource efficient project consensus
  • A Multidisciplinary approach
  • A shared vision and masterplan

We have a network of international multidisciplinary collaborators that we mobilise for large scale masterplanning projects.


  • We lead and coordinate large scale masterplanning projects
  • We work with other consultants as part of multidisciplinary teams
  • We design buildings within existing masterplans designed by others and collaborate with them to achieve the best results
  • We reach consensus quickly through close collaboration with the Client Team
  • We establish good communication with Local Authorities to maximise speed in obtaining the necessary approvals
  • We can provide strategic advice at key stages of projects