Statement of Community Involvement Review

Statement of Community Involvement Review - Consultation Draft

1 What is a Statement of Community Involvement?

1.1 The Council is committed to involve the community as much as possible in the planning process as local knowledge helps contribute towards meaningful and appropriate planning policy. The more the community is involved in the planning process, the greater the ownership is of the planning decisions that shape the future of the area.

1.2 The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how the Council will involve people in the planning process. It explains how people can become involved when the Council is preparing planning policies, deciding planning applications and consulting on Neighbourhood Plans.

1.3 The Council has to produce an SCI as set out in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

1.4 Appendix 1 of this document lists the Statutory Consultees we have to consult and Appendix 2 sets out the Strategic Planning Privacy Statement.

Why is the Statement of Community Involvement being reviewed?

1.5 The Council has to review its Statement of Community Involvement every five years. We have prepared this SCI review in accordance with the most recent national guidelines.

1.6 The SCI was last reviewed in 2012. Since then, communication methods have dramatically changed, allowing easier, more direct and more digitally focussed methods in addition to traditional methods of engagement. The updated SCI will reflect the Council's current practices, and will replace the 2012 version once adopted.