Rochford District Council is asking people how they would like to be consulted on all planning issues in the future.
Residents may wish to respond to a developer’s application to build new houses; on council plans to regenerate the districts shopping centres or changes to the parks and green spaces of the District.
The Council has launched its public consultation ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ (SCI) which details how the Council intends to involve and consult the public, businesses and special interest groups in determining planning applications, preparing local plans and enforcing planning rules.
Every local planning authority in England is legally required to prepare and keep up to date a ‘Statement of Community Involvement’. The Council’s draft ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ seeks to, particularly for plan-making, go beyond the minimum legal requirements for consultation and engagement.
Since the current ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ was adopted in 2007 there have been a number of changes to planning legislation and guidance at the national level. The ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ is being revised to ensure that it takes these changes into account and that the Council’s practices remain of the highest standard.
Comments are being invited on the draft ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ until 5pm on 18 May 2016, and can be submitted during the consultation in any of the following ways:
· Online – using the Council’s online consultation system
· Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
· Post – Planning Policy, Rochford District Council, Council Offices, South Street, Rochford, Essex. SS4 1BW.
· Fax – 01702 318181
Comments must be submitted during the consultation period, which ends on 18 May 2016, and cannot be anonymous.
The comments received during the consultation period will be considered and a Consultation Statement will be produced. The draft ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ will be reviewed and updated as appropriate. The revised SCI and Consultation Statement will then be taken to Full Council to be considered for adoption. Once adopted, all future consultations, particularly with regard to planning policy consultations, will be undertaken in accordance with the revised ‘Statement of Community Involvement’.
For more information please visit www.rochford.gov.uk