Continuation of Temporary Amendments to the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement
Purpose of Report: Following the resolution in October 2020 to
approve temporary amendments to the Council’s Statement of
Community Involvement (SCI) for a period of six months, the purpose
of this report is to provide Members with an update and ask that
consideration be given to extending the temporary amendments, in
line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown timetable.
This reflects the need to revise planning related public access and
involvement procedures contained in the Council’s SCI in
response to current social distancing restrictions as a result of
the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
To ensure meaningful engagement remains during the pandemic, alternative methods have been proposed where existing consultation methods need to be temporarily suspended in light of social distancing measures. It is anticipated that the temporary amendments to the SCI can be removed once it is safe to resume all standard consultation methods.
The Executive Member will be asked to agree that the temporary revisions to the Council’s adopted SCI to reflect the specific requirements arising from national guidance and procedures on dealing with coronavirus implications are extended, in line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown timetable and authorise Officers to publish a revised covering note to the adopted SCI on the Council’s website.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Be significant in terms of its effects on communities;
Decision status: For Determination
Wards affected: (All Wards);
Notice of proposed decision first published: 22/03/2021
Level of Risk: 04-08 Regular monitoring required;
Decision due: 22/04/21 by Executive
Lead member: Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning
Lead director: Corporate Director of Place
Department: Directorate of Place
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 temporary amendments to the SCI are published on the Council’s website. It is also intended that the updated covering note be submitted to the Local Plan Examination and circulated for information to Neighbourhood Forums currently progressing Neighbourhood Plans
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- Continuation of Temporary Amendments to the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement