Decision details

Draft Revised Statement of Community Involvement

Decision Maker: Lewes District Council Cabinet, Lewes District Council Full Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out the Council’s approach to consulting the local community and other stakeholders on planning matters. The production of a SCI is a requirement of the Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, and should explain how the Council will engage local communities and other interested parties in producing their Local Plan and determining planning applications. It is a legal requirement that any consultation on Local Plans is undertaken in accordance with the adopted SCI.


The Council’s existing SCI was adopted in July 2011. Since then many changes in legislation have taken place: the Localism Act was introduced in 2011, the National Planning Policy Framework was introduced in 2012 and in the same year the Town and Country Planning regulations were revised. Additionally the Neighbourhood Planning Act was introduced in 2017.


Before the new SCI can be adopted, it should be published for consultation with the local community and other stakeholders. It is proposed that public consultation on the draft SCI should take place for a 6 week period (+ 2 weeks for the holiday period) between 10 December 2018 and 4 February 2019, in line with the principles set out in the existing SCI.


(Key decision):


To approve the publication of the Draft Revised Statement of Community Involvement for a consultation period of 8 weeks.

Report author: Gerda Zijm

Publication date: 29/10/2019

Date of decision: 28/10/2019

Decided at meeting: 28/10/2019 - Lewes District Council Cabinet

Effective from: 02/11/2019

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