Councillors in Winchester voted unanimously to approve plans by Geoffrey Osborne Ltd to provide much needed student accommodation in the city centre.
Cratus provided a community and political engagement programme, which identified the key issues for local residents and how to address them. As a result of the communications strategy delivered by Cratus there were no objectors addressing the committee and members voted in favour.
Ben Sherreard, Executive Director for Cratus Planning said:
We were delighted with this result. Winchester is in dire need of more student housing and Geoffrey Osborne Ltd are industry leaders in providing high quality, well managed accommodation.
‘We were able to identify the potential issues early on and implement key messages to overcome them during the campaign. By engaging the local members early on we were able to key into a particular opportunity to build a positive relationship with them and this went a long way to securing political support for the plans.