Statement of Community Involvement 2020

About our Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out the way the council will involve the local community, stakeholders and statutory bodies in the preparation of new planning policy documents and in consultation on planning applications.

The SCI was last updated in January 2015. Since then, there have been a number of changes to the legislative framework within which the SCI operates and to internal procedures within the Council. A refresh of the 2015 SCI is in the process of being undertaken, which takes account of updated regulations, new digital solutions, benchmarking of other authorities and the COVID-19 pandemic.


The main areas that have changed in the refresh are;

  1. Duty to support communities preparing Neighbourhood Plans - The SCI now clarifies the steps required to undertake Neighbourhood Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders or Community Right to Build Orders.
  2. Planning applications – Major developments are now encouraged to carry out pre-application consultations and submit the outcome of this as part of their full or outline applications.
  3. Benchmarking/ Digital Approach  – Our benchmarking exercise found most authorities are streamlining the planning application process by moving towards a digital solution. We will continue to explore the use of various digital solutions to support many of our consultation processes for planning applications and plan making, while ensuring that stakeholders who cannot or choose not to access information in this way are not disadvantaged in any way. The changes are considered alongside our broader climate emergency objectives, and how as a council we reset how we deliver our services and statutory functions post COVID-19.

How to find out more and have your say:

The SCI is open for public consultation from Tuesday 7 July until Sunday 18 October. We are keen to hear from local residents and organisations if the document covers everything you would you want to know about how we will involve the community in planning policy and applications, and whether the information given in the document is clear, easy to navigate and to use.

  • View the draft of the updated SCI for 2020
  • View the current SCI
  • Send us your feedback or questions here
  • Write to:  South Gloucestershire Council Corporate Consultation Team,  Council Offices,  Badminton Road,  Yate, BRISTOL,  BS37 5AF

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    11 Jul 2020 at 12:00
  • Closed
    18 Oct 2020 at 23:59

Consultation Documents


Consultation Topic
  • Democracy and participation
  • Planning policy & strategy
  • Voluntary and community sector issues
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