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Statement of community involvement

A Statement of Community Involvement is a written statement which sets out the level and nature of consultation that has been undertaken with the community in the formulation of a development proposal prior to the submission of a planning application.

When required

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate appropriate community engagement has been undertaken in the formulation of the development proposals prior to the submitting their scheme for the following types of application:

When the development is judged by the case officer to be locally significant.

When the development is classified as a departure from the current development plan.

When the proposal falls into the definition of a major application.

Major development

Major developments are defined as residential applications for 10 or more dwellings, or sites greater than 0.5ha. For all other uses, the definition is a proposed floor space of 1,000 square metres or more, or sites over 1.0 hectare.

Locally significant

A proposal which would alter the overall character of the locality either by nature of its scale, visibility or use, or because the development could set a damaging precedent.


Our Planning Officers can advise on appropriate forms of engagement.

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