Why have we redrafted the Statement of Community Involvement?

A Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out the opportunities residents and other interested parties have to become involved in planning, ensuring that the Council meets the requirements set out in Government Regulations published in April 2012 (The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Amendment) 2017 Amendment of regulation 10A).The SCI was initially published in 2006 but has since been updated in 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2019.

View our draft Statement of Community Involvement 2021

View the current Statement of Community Involvement 2018 (Amended 2019)

Under revenue budget proposals agreed at the Council meeting on 2 December 2020, it was proposed to erect site notices instead of neighbour notification letters to fulfil our statutory duty with regard to consultation on planning applications.  The cost of approximately £35,000 per year to print and send letters would be significantly reduced to a negligible amount. The revised SCI sets out the proposed changes for neighbour notification on different types of planning applications to implement this budget decision.

The revised SCI expands the advice for applicants to engage with the local community prior to submitting a planning application. This would vary from speaking to neighbours for a householder extension to a public consultation event and meeting for larger scale development.

The revised SCI also updates the changes to the Scheme of Delegation and Public Speaking at Planning Committees that have been agreed since the publication of the last SCI.  Updates to the Planning Alerts system are also reflected in the document.

The draft SCI was presented to Members of the Cabinet on 9 June 2021 to agree the document for consultation.  

Please let us know your views on this redrafted document ensuring that you submit these comments by 4pm on Friday 23 July 2021.