Last Modified March 30, 2016
Our Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is part of the planning framework for the borough and sets out how we will consult with the community when we prepare planning documents and consider major planning applications.
It was first adopted in 2006. Following a period of consultation in 2013, a revised SCI was adopted, and is therefore binding, by the council in January 2014.
See our Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) adopted in 2014.
What is the Statement of Community Involvement?
Our Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) details how we will encourage the public to get involved in the planning process - ranging from sending out leaflets, putting adverts in the local newspapers, inviting people to meetings or holding local exhibitions in all parts of the borough.
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.