Issue details

Review of the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement

Purpose of the Report: To consult Members on a review of the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out the Council’s proposals for how the community will be involved in the production and consultation of planning documents and planning applications. A review of the published document is required to ensure the approach is up-to-date and takes account of the current restrictions/considerations resulting from the current health pandemic. National Planning Practice Guidance encourages that authorities undertake a review and update the policies where necessary so that plan-making can continue under the current health pandemic.

The Executive will be asked to approve the changes proposed to the Statement of Community Involvement to ensure appropriate future community consultation and engagement can continue to be undertaken in relation to development plan documents and planning applications. The Executive will also be asked to approve delegated authority to the Corporate Director of Economy and Place in conjunction with the Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning for any necessary future modifications required in the context of the current health pandemic.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Be significant in terms of its effects on communities;

Decision status: Decision Made

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 24/09/2020

Level of Risk: 04-08 Regular monitoring required;

Decision due: 22/10/20 by Executive

Lead member: Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning

Lead director: Corporate Director of Economy and Place

Contact: Alison Cooke, Head of Strategic Planning Policy Email:; Email:, Frances Sadler

Consultation process

The preparation of a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is a legal requirement as required under the provisions of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (2004). An SCI was submitted to the Secretary of State and subsequently adopted by the Council following extensive public engagement in 2007. Officers have ensured that consultations since adoption have conformed to the published SCI to be legally compliant.
National Planning Practice Guidance states that “There is no requirement in legislation for local planning authorities to consult when reviewing and updating their Statement of Community Involvement, although it is good practice for authorities to inform the public of their intentions to update this document and of the changes that have been made.“.
On this basis it will be recommended that the updated SCI is published on the Council’s website with a supporting statement outlining the updates in context to the current health pandemic. It is also intended that the report will be submitted to the Local Plan Examination and circulated for information to Neighbourhood Forums currently progressing Neighbourhood Plans.
Consultees: Members at the Local Plan Working Group.


Agenda items


  • Review of the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement  


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