Statement of Community Involvement
Have your say on the Statement of Community Involvement
We are seeking your views on the draft revised Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) for Vale of White Horse District Council.
The council is committed to working in a clear and transparent way and is keen to assist anyone who may wish to get involved in the planning process.
We are inviting people to make comments on a draft revised Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) on how it gathers public feedback on its planning consultations.
The SCI forms part of the council’s official Development Plan and sets out how communities will be able to influence new planning policy documents such as the Local Plan. It also sets out the ways in which interested parties can comment on planning applications for development.
Consultation document and how to comment
The consultation on the draft SCI runs for six weeks on Thursday 27 February until 5pm on Thursday 9 April 2020.
Paper copies of the draft revised SCI will be available to view at the council offices at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, Abingdon, OX14 4SB during normal office opening hours. If you have any questions on the survey or require it in an alternative format (for example large print, Braille, audio, email, Easy Read and alternative languages) please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01235 422425.
There are several ways to comment:
- complete our online survey: https://survey.southandvale.gov.uk/s/ValeSCI_2020,
- send your response by post to: Planning Policy, Vale of White Horse District Council, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, Abingdon, OX14 4SB,
- via email to email@example.com or,
- pick up a response form at the council offices.
The current Statement of Community Involvement
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: 28 - 02 - 2020