Community involvement in planning has been muted since the 1960s but it is only since the Rio Convention (1992), the signing of the Local Agenda 21 and the Blair Government that public participation has become a key feature of National and Local Authority programmes. Benefits are considered manifold and include better quality projects and programmes; greater stakeholder ownership, commitment and responsibility; increased equity, greater accountability and stronger democracy; access to additional resources; reducing conflict; legitimacy; better targeting; building skills, knowledge and capacity; developing social capital and stronger communities; and satisfying public demand (Warburton, 2001).