Getting the community involved in the planning process
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Hampshire County Council is seeking views on community involvement in the planning process.
One of the County Council's roles is to determine planning applications for minerals, waste and county council developments as well as producing minerals and waste plans.
As a result, the Minerals and Waste Planning Authority is seeking views on the revised Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). The revised SCI, which is out for consultation, describes how Hampshire County Council will engage and involve local communities and interested parties in:
preparing, altering and reviewing minerals and waste planning documents; and
determining planning applications for minerals, waste and County Council developments.
The revisions reflect recent changes in procedures as well as experiences gained from the preparation of the Hampshire Minerals & Waste Plan.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: "We are committed to encouraging and improving participation from all sections of the community. We want to make it easier for everyone to be involved in planning decisions in their local area."
Hampshire's SCI has been updated and is available for consultation for six weeks until Monday 24th February 2014. The County Council adopted its last SCI in September 2006. This was subject to amendments in 2010 following the release of new regulations on consultation in plan-making.
Following the end of the consultation, Hampshire County Council officers will review and summarise the responses received and take these into account, as appropriate, when preparing the finalised SCI.
The Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council will then decide whether the SCI should be adopted by Hampshire County Council. It is anticipated that this decision will be taken in Spring 2014 and if it is agreed, the SCI will be fully adopted by Hampshire County Council.
Once adopted, the revised SCI will replace the SCI (2006) and its associated addendum (2010).