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Statement of Community Involvement FAQs

Last Modified June 17, 2014
 

The Planning System is changing. So how will it affect you?
What is the Statement of Community Involvement?
How can I get involved in planning applications?
Where can I find out more information?

The planning system is changing. So how will it affect you?

Changes that have been made by the Government to the planning system were designed to create more opportunities for you to become involved. As a result we will be producing a series of documents that will set out the strategy for future land use and developments within Hertsmere. These will be used as the basis for deciding planning applications.

The first of these documents is a Core Strategy, which sets out the strategic vision and objectives for the borough, such as how the need for new homes or community facilities will be met.

What is the Statement of Community Involvement?

These new planning documents will shape your borough and we need you to tell us what is important to you.

Our Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) details ideas for how you can get involved in this process - ranging from sending leaflets to you, putting adverts in the local newspapers, inviting you to meetings or holding local exhibitions in places near you.

We want to know what is right for you. Do you have any particular needs that we need to consider when consulting with you, such as providing documents in a different language. Do you need documents on audio-tape or in large print? Or are you unable to travel far and need us to bring the information to you? Whatever your needs we need to know about them in order for us to make sure we are providing as many people as possible with the chance to get involved.

How can I get involved in planning applications?

Our SCI also sets out how we will consult with you when there is a proposed development near where you live. We usually send letters to residents who live immediately next door to a proposed development, but occasionally we will send letters to more people if we think there is a wider interest in the scheme. For applications that propose large developments, or those in conservation areas or affecting a listed building we will place adverts in the local newspapers and put notices around the site.

Where can I find out more information?

Our Statement of Community Involvement will be available in all local libraries and our council offices or call us and we can send you a copy. If you have comments on it, please write to us at our main address below. Everyone who sends us comments will be logged onto a database and while your personal information will be kept confidential, your comments will be made publicly available. You can request to be told about the later stages of the process, or about the other documents we will soon be producing.

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