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The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 requires all local authorities to prepare a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI), which sets out their vision and strategy for effective community engagement throughout the planning process.

With the emphasis on community participation and localism high up on the national agenda, it is becoming increasingly important to encourage local people to play an active role in the early stages of all planning activities. The SCI will provide an updated framework to ensure that comprehensive and effective public engagement will take place throughout all stages of the planning process.

We carried out an 8 week public consultation on the draft SCI in July – September 2018.

The SCI was formally adopted on 21 November 2018. It sets out:

  • why consultation is important;
  • what will be consulted on;
  • who will be consulted;
  • when consultation and engagement will take place; and
  • how these views will be taken into account.

The SCI includes guidance on consultation during the production of planning policy documents, as well as setting out the formal statutory processes for producing these documents. It also sets out what we will do to engage people in relation to planning applications, and this version of the SCI has been expanded to include sections on both neighbourhood planning and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Planning Policy

Stevenage Borough Council

Daneshill House





01438 242865