Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

Last updated: 15 October 2021

How you can get involved in the preparation of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

There are three types of SPD that the council prepares:

  • Site or area specific (e.g. Development Briefs)
  • Design Guidance
  • Topic based policy guidance (e.g. affordable housing)

The process of preparing SPDs is simpler than that of Local Plans because they are not subject to public examination.

The process involves:

  1. Early engagement and preparation of a draft SPD
  2. Consultation on the draft SPD
  3. Adoption

Early engagement and preparation of a draft SPD

We will:

  • identify specific groups and individuals who are likely to have an interest in what the SPD will say
  • undertake a targeted engagement process with those groups and individuals to explore issues and options
  • produce a draft statement of consultation setting out who we have engaged with in preparing the draft SPD, the issues raised and how we have addressed those issues

We may:

  • invite views from the general public through surveys or by notifications on our website inviting comments or through social media channels

Consultation on the draft of the SPD

We will:

  • publish the draft SPD for consultation on our website, together with the required supporting documentation and make paper copies available to view at the main council offices
  • issue a press release telling people about the consultation

We may:

  • make paper copies of the draft consultation SPD and supporting documentation available at other council offices or the main libraries, as appropriate
  • produce further publicity such as posters, leaflets or newsletters
  • hold exhibitions, workshops or forums, face-to-face or online
  • use social media to inform people that the consultation is taking place

After the consultation

We will:

  • consider the representations received
  • update the statement of consultation document, setting out the main issues raised and how we have addressed those
  • amend the SPD, where we consider that it is appropriate to do so, to reflect the point raised in the representation

SPD adoption

We will:

  • publish the adopted document, the amended consultation statement and adoption statement by making them available to view at the main council offices, and on the council’s website; and
  • send a copy of the Adoption Statement directly to those who asked to be notified.

We may:

  • issue a press release;
  • make paper copies of the adopted document available at other council offices and appropriate libraries; and
  • use social media.