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Help shape the Council's community involvement framework for planning

Kingston Council is asking residents, local businesses and interested parties to share their views on how the Council involves communities when considering planning matters.

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) has been updated to set out the broad approach for engaging and consulting regarding planning. Consultation starts on Friday 1 July 2016 and runs until Monday 29 August for a period of eight weeks.

The SCI sets out how the Council will meet and exceed statutory requirements for community engagement on planning matters, including planning policy documents and applications. It commits the Council to delivering best practice engagement and provides a flexible and lasting framework for delivering high quality and innovative engagement. The document should not be considered an exhaustive or catch-all list, but rather the basis of an approach that can be tailored according to the needs of any planning matter.

Councillor David Cunningham, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Regeneration at Kingston Council, said:

“Planning plays a key role in shaping our borough. It is therefore important we engage with those involved in any decisions we take. We are asking residents to let us know what they think about the engagement approach set out in this draft Statement of Community Involvement. Once adopted, this approach will provide a framework for engagement on the future borough-wide Local Plan. We want to ensure as many residents as possible get involved in the development of our Local Plan as it will have a major influence on future development and change in the borough. Please take the time to review our plans and let us know what you think.” 

To give residents the chance to share their views regarding the Statement of Community Involvement:

  • printed copies of the draft document are available to view at Guildhall 2 reception in the council offices and at libraries across the borough;
  • the document can also be viewed online at www.kingston.gov.uk/consultations, where you can share your views using an online survey;
  • officers from Kingston Council will be attending various events across the borough to answer questions and receive feedback.

The deadline for consultation responses is Monday 29 August 2016. The feedback received from the consultation will be used to inform the final Statement of Community Involvement that will be considered by the Council in the autumn. 

Notes to editors: 
Statutory requirements for the Statement of Community Involvement are set out in Section 18 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.