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The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) explains how everyone can be involved in the preparation of new planning policy documents and in consultation on planning applications. 

The council adopted its first SCI in May 2008. Since then a number of changes have been made to both the legislative framework within which the SCI operates and internal procedures within the council. These changes have made it necessary for us to update our SCI. 

The current SCI was adopted on 28 January 2015 and is available to read below.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the need to adhere to the Government’s social distancing rules, we have reviewed how we fulfil our existing statutory publicity arrangements for planning applications and for preparing emerging local plan documents.

While most of what we do will remain unchanged, we will need to pause some things and put other arrangements in place. We are confident that these changes will be as effective, if not better than our normal approach.

We have set out what we do to keep our communities updated on planning applications, our Local Plan and other supporting documents and how some of these need to change in this document.

The proposed changes support the move towards digital solutions, whilst ensuring that stakeholders who cannot or choose not to access information in this way are not disadvantaged in any way. The changes are considered alongside our broader climate emergency objectives, and how as a council we reset how we deliver our services and statutory functions post COVID-19.

We will continue to keep this under review.

 

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) 2015

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) explains how everyone can be involved in the preparation of new planning policy documents and in consultation on planning applications.

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The council has published a neighbourhood planning protocol that should now be read together with the SCI. An updated SCI will eventually incorporate this and other proposed updates. 

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