Data Orchard is celebrating success with more than 30 Neighbourhood Plan groups in the West Midlands. Working with towns and villages across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire, the company has been providing a range of support services. These include project management, advice on governance and budgets, survey design and analysis, support with public consultation and engagement events, and planning expertise.

Our advice and support for survey work has contributed to some spectacular results, with Neighbourhood Plan groups achieving return rates of up to 86% of the surveyed population. Our extensive experience in this field means we have survey templates for a range of audiences including adults, children and young people, the business community, landowners and those with housing needs. The templates are then customised to reflect local circumstances. Data Orchard also assist with survey logistics which is the most critical factor in achieving high return rates.

The company’s planning experts are also assisting Neighbourhood Plan groups to develop their objectives and policies and many of Data Orchard’s clients are now reaching the final stages of policy development.