Community involvement in planning

What is a Statement of Community Involvement?

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how and when we will involve different groups, organisations and our communities in the planning process. The document must be used when we prepare and consult on our planning policy documents, including our Local Plan, and explains how we will involve people when we assess and decide on planning applications for new development.

Why it's being updated

We are required, under government legislation, to produce an SCI and update it every five years. This document will replace the previous SCI that was adopted by the council in July 2015. An addendum was published in June 2020, which explains the measures the council would be taking in the Planning Service whilst Covid-19 related restrictions are in force. It set temporary measures that have been put in place to minimise the impacts of the restrictions on people engaging with the planning process.

A revised version of the SCI has been prepared which updates the document and consolidates the addendum into the main paper. The revised SCI also takes into account changes to the planning system, through the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and associated planning practice guidance (PPG), and any changes to legislation.

Revised Statement of Community Involvement for Consultation

How to comment

We are seeking your views on the draft document, with particular emphasis on topics including digital consultation methods and how we can best engage with communities whilst Covid-19 restrictions remain in place. However, please feel free to comment on anything you think may help us improve the document. We have produced a questionnaire to be used to comment on the draft SCI, which can be accessed here:

Consultation Questionnaire

The public consultation will run for six weeks, ending at 11.59pm on (6 May 2021). After the consultation has ended we will refine the document, taking into the account the comments received before we seek Cabinet approval for the SCI to be adopted later this year.

If you have any questions regarding the SCI, please contact Rachel Williams (Planning Policy Manager) at [email protected] or on 01865 252847.

Currently Adopted Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement in Planning (SCIP) sets out how we will involve the community in the planning process.

Statement of Community Involvement in Planning

An addendum to the SCI has been published, which sets out the measures the Council will be taking in the Planning Service whilst Covid-19 related restrictions are in force. It sets temporary measures that are being put in place to minimise the impacts of the restrictions on people engaging with the planning process.

Statement of Community Involvement in Planning (June 2020) 

Materials for developers for planning applications

We strongly encourage developers to carry out consultation for any planning application submitted to us, from small-scale householder applications to large major applications. Consultation and communication should be as early on as practicable.

For householder applications, this might involve just a note through your neighbours' doors. Or for larger applications we have set out below some suggestions of best practice that is emerging, and some ideas of what has worked well for recent developments in the city.

Materials for developers for planning applications