Statement of Community Involvement
Draft Revised Statement of Community Involvement
The Draft Revised Statement of Community Involvement was consulted on between the 27 February and 9 April. The consultation has now ended, and we are in the process of analysing the responses received and making appropriate changes to the document prior to it being adopted.
The current Statement of Community Involvement
Please note that we are revising our current Statement of Community Involvement to reflect operational changes required to accord with Government's advice under the ongoing outbreak of Covid19.
In May 2020 the Council, under emergency powers delegated to the Chief Executive, made changes to its planning scheme of delegation and to hold virtual planning committee meetings. These actions are in response to Government’s advice to help keep the planning system moving and to assist the long-term economic recovery.
We are currently reviewing our Statement of Community Involvement where we cannot comply with its requirements. Please be aware of this and bear with us whilst we undertake this review work in these challenging times.
We appreciate your assistance.
The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) was adopted by Cabinet on Friday 2 December 2016. A copy of the Adopted SCI can be viewed below. This document is also available to view at the Council’s Offices at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB (opening times Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm).
What is the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)?
The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is a code of practice that shows how and when we will involve different groups, organisations and our communities when we produce our planning documents, including our Local Plan. It also sets out how we will involve people when we assess and decide on planning applications for development.
We are required under legislation to produce an SCI. The document must be used when we prepare and consult on our planning documents, and will help the council to decide on planning applications for development.
This document replaces the existing SCI that was adopted by the council in December 2009. The SCI takes into account changes to the planning system, through the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG), and any changes to legislation.
It sets out how we wish to engage the community who can influence new planning policy documents and the ways to comment upon planning applications for development.
The SCI document comprises three parts:
- This sets out the council's overall approach to community engagement and involvement in the planning process
- This provides information on how to get involved with and influence the council as it prepares its Local Plan and other planning policy documents
- This provides information on how to become involved with planning applications
Last reviewed: 27 - 05 - 2020