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Community involvement in planning policy

Communities are vitally important in the planning process. They help develop planning policy, develop their own Neighbourhood Plans, and get involved in planning applications.

Community members may be involved as an individual, through a group, an organisation or as a member of an elected body like a Parish council.

How are communities consulted about planning policy?

The Statement of Community Involvement (PDF Document) sets out how we will involve the community and other Stakeholders in the preparation of local planning policy documents and the consideration of planning applications.

The Statement of Community Involvement was adopted by Park Strategy and Vision Committee on 27 April 2016. It has subsequently been updated with a temporary addendum to reflect temporary changes in national Regulation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary addendum explains what we will and not be able to do when consulting on local planning policy documents.

A consultation Statement (PDF document) has also been produced which outlines the comments that were made during the public consultation on the draft document, and our response to these comments.

What are the timetables for community consultation?

The Local Development Scheme is the Authority’s three-year project plan that identifies which local development documents will be produced, in what order, and when.

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