Consultation on how district council approaches community and stakeholder consultation and involvement will close on Wednesday 15 August 2018

East Devon District Council is currently consulting on its new Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).  This is a document, which sets out how, where and when the council will consult on planning matters such as policy documents, planning applications and Neighbourhood Plans. A copy of the SCI can be found on the East Devon website: http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/media/2546869/2018-sci-v4.pdf 

The SCI sets out East Devon’s approach to promoting community and stakeholder consultation and involvement in respect to:
• How the council produces future planning policy and engages with stakeholders.
• How the council notifies individuals and organisations that planning applications have been submitted and how the local authority encourages developers to undertake consultation.

The SCI is available for comment until Wednesday 15 August 2018. All comments will be considered by the council and will inform subsequent versions of the document.

Any comments should be marked ‘SCI’ and emailed to planningpolicy@eastdevon.gov.uk or posted to Planning Policy Team, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL.

Cllr Paul Diviani, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for Strategic Development, said:

The SCI is an important planning document for the communities of East Devon because it sets out how, when and where people can have their say in planning matters. It is vital that we engage people in these issues as they impact on the everyday lives and quality of life of all residents and visitors to the district. The council wants to be proactive and engage as many people as possible from the outset, ensuring that people have an opportunity to have their say about the planning issues facing their community and that they can understand how and why decisions are made. The approach is about being inclusive, open and transparent in all our policy documents, our consideration of planning applications and in supporting our communities in producing Neighbourhood Plans. We genuinely want to hear people’s views on planning issues and so I encourage everyone to comment on the SCI and tell us how you want us to engage you in the planning the district.