About Us

Chelgate has been providing planning public affairs, stakeholder engagement and community consultation to clients across the UK for over 30 years.

We have come a long way since 1988 and today have around 90,000 plots on our books for a range of clients, land promoters, developers and planners. We cover schemes across the country, with a particular focus on London and the Home Counties, East Anglia and the East Midlands.

Chelgate Local provide a comprehensive service from long-term strategic, sites to be promoted through the local plan process, to immediate land, to be promoted through the planning process. We handle residential, commercial, retail, energy and infrastructure. Our services include political liaison, stakeholder engagement and community consultation, as well as online and on-street techniques to motivate those hard to reach groups and mobilise the usually silent majority.

Our history

Back in 1988, there were only a handful of consultancies providing planning communications services. Our first clients were Center Parcs, planning in a new leisure village at Longleat in Wiltshire, and UK NIREX, looking to site the country’s nuclear waste repository in Cumbria. Both were demanding assignments involving programmes covering several years. We soon found ourselves also working for many of the national developers and housebuilders such as Berkeley, Land Securities, Westbury, Barratt, Sainsbury’s Developments and Rydon.

We had a long-term relationship with Wilcon Homes, then the UK’s fifth-largest housebuilder, undertaking planning, corporate, sustainability and sales promotion for a 10-year period, up until its sale to Taylor Woodrow in the mid-2000s. This included secondment of staff to the group, which operated 150 sites over nine regions, for several years, including a head of external affairs.

At the same time, we were handling the planning communications and general PR for two of the most prominent projects in London at the time: the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park and the remodelling of Trafalgar Square. We were also appointed again by Center Parcs, this time to undertake promotion of its fifth sports village, this time at Woburn in Bedfordshire. The village opened in 2015.

Around 10 years ago it was decided to set up a separate division dedicated to planning public affairs and planning communications, and Chelgate Local was born.