Planning and the environment has been a continuing strand of the research and consultation activities BMG Research has been engaged with for over 20 years. Our experience includes the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) rounds, New Deal for Communities (NDC) and a range of other local, regional and national initiatives.
Our portfolio of work has included consulting with residents about;
- The location of a wind farm
- Moving a local library to a new site
- Redevelopment of Leisure Centre
- Satisfaction with local parks /open spaces
- The demolition of multi-storey flats
- Priority setting for flood defences
- The expansion of a major sewage treatment works.
Having worked in this arena for so long, we understand the impact planning and the environment has on residents’ everyday lives. BMG’s team of experienced researchers is skilled at developing quantitative and qualitative tools to explore potentially sensitive and contentious issues in an even-handed and balanced way.
The local context and priorities makes every project unique, and the research must reflect this. BMG Research places considerable emphasis on developing and then conducting data collection activities which are able to withstand detailed scrutiny. For example, our extensive in-house resources include a CAPI equipped national field team who have an enviable track-record in achieving response rates in excess of 50% on many surveys. Our approach is to gain the trust and cooperative of local residents, so that they engaged in the process.
How we work
Projects related to planning and the environment can have a real impact on people’s physical and emotional well-being. BMG Research recognises that in consulting on potentially sensitive and / or contentious issues, our approach has to be thoughtful and considered but robust enough to withstand external scrutiny. As a result the researchers assigned to the project will want to spend time with the client understanding the rationale and context for the research and what the implications of it are for those involved.
Our field and telephone interviewers are adept at engaging with individuals from different backgrounds and reassuring them of the validity of the consultation exercise and that their views really do matter. This approach, coupled with the diverse language skills of our interviewing teams leads to high response rates, adding credibility to the research and is particularly important where the resident population may be limited in size.