Statement of community involvement
The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is the document which sets out how the public, organisations and other interested parties will be involved and engaged in the preparation of new Local Plan documents.
It explains the consultation methods that will be used at different points in the preparation of each Local Plan document.
Recent changes to Government legislation and national planning guidance, along with advances in social media (e.g. Facebook and Twitter) mean that the SCI needed to be updated.
The Council's Executive committee approved the updated SCI on Thursday 17th March 2016. A copy of the new SCI can be viewed and downloaded below.
The first Statement of Community Involvement was adopted on 29th March 2007.
The requirement to prepare a Statement of Community Involvement is set out in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The first SCI was prepared under the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004. These have since been replaced and certain requirements for the SCI preparation process removed, including the need for an examination. The first SCI was prepared following the relevant regulations and was found to be sound at examination by a Planning Inspector in 2007. Please contact the Planning Policy team if you wish to view archived copies of these reports.