Community urged to have its say about consultations over planning matters

Have your say

South Kesteven District Council is giving residents a chance to comment on a new document which sets out how the council engages with stakeholders about planning matters.

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is a legally required document which sets out how the council proposes to engage with the community and stakeholders in the development plan-making process and when planning applications are received.

SKDC’s portfolio holder for grow the economy, economic development, Councillor Frances Cartwright said: “The council adopted the original SCI in April 2006. Since that date there have been a number of significant legislative and regulatory changes to the planning system which have simplified the publicity and consultation requirements placed upon local authorities.

“Technology is also now more advanced which has changed the way people access information and get involved in the planning of their areas. Given this, there is a need to update the SCI to reflect these changed circumstances.”

The council is inviting comments on the revised SCI during a six-week period between August 22 and October 3, 2014.

The draft SCI will be available on the council’s website from August 22. If you do not have access to the internet, you can view the consultation documents during normal opening hours using the public computers in the Customer Service area in the Grantham office in St Peter’s Hill. The draft SCI may also be viewed as a hard copy in local libraries.

All representations received by the end of the consultation period and the issues raised will be taken into account in finalising the SCI.