About PlaceChangers

Based in Newcastle (UK), we help organisations embed community and stakeholder engagement into their planning and property development work. 

A company with purpose


We make it easier for planners and architects to underpin their projects with a collaborative approach that delivers tangible insights.

How we do it

We design web applications that help to engagement with a larger audience that otherwise possible with public events alone. 

What we do

We connect you to more of the people who matter and reduce your project risk through tangible insights that enhance your proposals or plans. 

The team


The core team has strong credentials in online place making. Depending on the clients' needs, we regularly partner with our wide network of subject experts. 

Sebastian Weise (PhD), Founder & CEO

Sebastian founded PlaceChangers based on a long-term study into public engagement in local planning.  Sebastian enjoys helping planners deliver successful public engagement online.

Megan Doherty, Innovation lead (BIM)

Megan is working on innovation at the intersection of master planning, BIM, and public engagement. She is also a post-graduate researcher at Northumbria University.

Our advisory board

Our advisory board comprises Justin Souter and Gard Jenssen. 

Gard brings expertise in smart cities and local government. A longer while ago, Gard was VP Product at Yahoo and an adviser to the Norwegian government. Gard is a partner at Smart Cities Norway and an active tech investor.

Justin is a IT professional and perhaps one of the best known advocates of the lean startup that the North East of England has to offer. He has a background in IT consultancy.

Our innovation partnerships

We strive to build innovation partnerships. Here are our past successes.

  • Finalist InnovateUK challenge on “Innovating in urban spaces”
  • Winner in Future Cities Catapult competition "Future of Planning"
  • Award holder for ERDF-supported IIIIP program  with Northumbria University 
  • Grant holder of GX Innovation grant 
  • Grant holder of GX Collaborate grant 

The PlaceChangers online engagement platform is our core product. You can used it in a wide range of projects, such as neighbourhood, local, and master plans.