Statement of Community Involvement

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Introduction

The Government’s Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 requires all local planning authorities to prepare a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).

Community involvement is an important part of the process of preparing the Local Development Framework (LDF). The Statement of Community Involvement explains how the Council will involve the community in the preparation of the Local Development Framework (i.e. local planning policy documents) and consult on planning applications. 

The Council consulted stakeholders in Summer 2006 to invite comments on how the Council should involve the community and consult on planning issues, and the public's views were sought on the draft Statement of Community Involvement in Winter 2006. 

Taking your views into account, the Statement of Community Involvement was redrafted and was submitted to the Secretary of State on 24th April 2007. There followed a six week period of public consultation on the 'soundness' of the document. 

All representations were considered by the Inspector appointed to hold an independent examination into the Statement of Community Involvement. The Inspector ensured that the necessary legal requirements for the preparation of the document were met and found the document to be sound, subject to minor amendments being incorporated into the document. The Statement of Community Involvement was found to meet all of the tests of soundness set out below.

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) was formally adopted on 11th October 2007.

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Schedule of non-material amendments to the Statement of Community Involvement

Addendum to Statement of Community Involvement for Bath and North East Somerset Council, Adopted October 2007:

  1. In response to the 2008 amendments to the Town & Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004.
    • Replacement Figure 4
    • Explanatory note to Appendix B
  2. To reflect changes to Planning Service delivery and to include new contact details (2010).
    • Updated contact boxes (pages 24, 29 and 40)
    • Replacement page 50 'Key contacts for advice on planning issues'

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Revised Delegation Scheme for Planning Applications

At the time of the publication of the Statement of Community Involvement a review of the delegation scheme was underway (Appendix D of the Statement of Community Involvement).

The revised Delegated Scheme was approved by Development Control Committee in January 2008. View the Revised Delegation Scheme.

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Executive Summary

Planning shapes the places where people live and work. The planning system also helps protect and enhance the character of places that are locally valued. It is crucial that people should be given the opportunity to take an active part in the planning process.

This Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) explains how the local community can get involved in the preparation of the Local Development Framework and the consideration of Planning Applications in Bath & North East Somerset.

The preparation of planning policy documents which make up Bath & North East Somerset’s Local Development Framework will need to meet the standards for community consultation laid out in this SCI. This includes the need for:

  • early involvement;
  • consultation to be linked with other community involvement initiatives in the district;
  • consultation to be inclusive;
  • the target groups identified in this SCI to be involved;
  • minimum government standards for consultation to be met and exceeded;
  • a variety of methods to be used to involve the community;
  • feedback to be provided;

Details of community involvement and consultation to be made publicly available in the form of a statement of compliance to the SCI, a schedule of comments and a consultation report.

In the consideration of Planning Applications community consultation will need to meet the standards of the SCI. This includes the need to:

  • actively encourage developer led pre-application consultation for major applications;
  • the need for developers to submit a consultation statement outlining details of pre-application consultation for major applications;
  • meet the minimum standards for consultation on Planning Applications;
  • exceed the minimum standards for consultation on Planning Applications.

The success of the approach to community involvement outlined in this SCI will be assessed as part of a formal review process

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Tests of soundness for Statement of Community Involvement

 

 

The Planning Inspectorate found Bath & North East Somerset's Core Strategy to be sound and to meet the following criteria:

1

The local planning authority has complied with the minimum requirements for consultation as set out in the regulations*;

2

The local planning authority’s strategy for community involvement links with other community involvement initiatives e.g. the community strategy;

3

The statement identifies in general terms which local community groups and other bodies will be consulted;

4

The statement identifies how the community and other bodies can be involved in a timely and accessible manner;

5

The methods of consultation to be employed are suitable for the intended audience and for different stages in the preparation of local development documents;

6

Resources are available to manage community involvement effectively;

7

The statement shows how the results of community involvement will be fed into theof development plan documents;

8

The authority has mechanisms for reviewing the statement of community involvement;

9

The statement clearly describes the planning authorities policy for consultation on planning applications.

 

 Town & Country Planning Act (Local Development) (England) Regulations, 2004

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Equalities Impact Assessment 

An Equalities Impact Assessment that analyses the effect of the Planning Application process on different groups protected from discrimination by the Equality Act has been undertaken. This assessment considers if there are any unintended consequences for some groups, and also if the service would be fully effective for all target groups. This has been undertaken in advance of the review of the Statement of Community Involvement, for more information about this please see the timetable and details of the Neighbourhood Planning Protocol contained within the  Local Development Scheme.
 

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