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 new 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 new SCI document comprises three parts: 

Part 1 - Getting Involved in Shaping our Future (1.4 MB) PDF

  • This sets out the council's overall approach to community engagement and involvement in the planning process

Part 2 - Getting Involved in the Preparation of the Local Plan and Planning Policy  (2.1 MB) PDF

  • This provides information on how to get involved with and influence the council as it prepares its Local Plan and other planning policy documents

Part 3 - Getting Involved in Planning Applications (1.5 MB) PDF

  • This provides information on how to become involved with planning applications

Statement of Community Involvement Consultation

Public consultation on the SCI ran for eight weeks from Wednesday 7 July 2016 to Wednesday 14 September 2016. 

The Council received a total of 5 representations.

All responses to the consultation can be viewed on the online consultation portal.

Consultation Documents

Supporting documents 


Last reviewed: 12 - 04 - 2017

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