Public involvement in planning

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out the council's approach to community engagement in:

  • The production of formal planning documents and
  • The determination of planning applications. 

It sets out who may be involved, by what method and at what point in the process of document production or in the determination of planning applications. The aim of the SCI is to increase public involvement in the planning processes and give more certainty to those people wanting to get involved in the planning process.  

The Statement of Community Involvement can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Revised Draft SCI

A revised draft SCI has recently been prepared in response to the current coronavirus pandemic. This is now out for public consultation until Wednesday 9 September 2020, see our draft SCI page for further information.

Review of the SCI 

Under the current government regulations (Regulation 10A of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended)), the council must review its SCI at least once every five years, starting from its adoption date, to ensure that it is kept up to date, and to ensure effective community involvement at all stages of the planning process.   

In this context “review” is to consider whether a document needs to be updated, rather than the process of updating the document itself.

Changes since the SCI was adopted

There have been a number of changes since the SCI was adopted in 2010 including:

  • Legislative requirements extending the scope of the SCI to include the survey of area stage of plan making, the local development scheme and the approach to neighbourhood planning
  • Revisions to regulations governing the plan making and development management processes
  • Updates to national planning policy and guidance
  • Increased use of digital technology and social media

On the basis of these changes the conclusion of the review process found that the SCI should be updated.

A copy of the full review of the SCI can be downloaded below.   

Proposed future Intentions to updating the SCI

Although the review has found the SCI to be in need of being updated it is not considered to be creating any significant issues in its current form. The council are currently focusing all of our resources on progressing the Local Plan. This is now reaching an advanced stage with the submission of the Publication Local Plan to the Secretary of State for independent examination, anticipated next Spring 2020.

We think that in terms of the SCI, that the applicability of the proposed approach to different stages of the plan-making and planning application processes remains appropriate and comprehensible at the current time. We are also concerned that if we updated the SCI now it would only cause confusion as to how it relates to where we are in the existing Local Plan process.

It has therefore been agreed that the process of updating the SCI should not commence until the Local Plan has progressed further. A timetable for this shall be included within a future version of the council’s local development scheme.

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This page was last updated on 19 August 2020

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