Definition – Mediation refers to the process of discussing a dispute in order to resolve it. In some cases, a neutral person may be employed as a ‘mediator’ who helps disputing parties work out a mutually acceptable solution.
Relevance to SUMP – Mediation can be designed into the plan-making process as an element of the approach to participation, so that the views of different stakeholders can be understood and addressed as the SUMP is developed. Where effective participation processes have not been undertaken, or important conflicts have not been resolved, it may be necessary to introduce a special mediation process towards the end of the SUMP preparation process.
Source: Oxford Dictionaries (online); ODPM, 2003.