Where the person/company responsible for writing the consultation plan is also responsible for the independent facilitation of the consultation and engagement process, they must:
- be from a company independent of the development
- not have another role on the project team
This means they must not be directly involved in the detailed design of the development such as the architect.
Being independent from the development and not having another role within the project team means that they can be considered as being independent.
Having someone who is knowledgeable about the consultation will also likely improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the consultation process and its facilitation.