The Council's updated Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) for planning matters was agreed at Cabinet on 2 September 2021. To bring us in line with the requirements of the legislation and to enable Planning Officers to make more timely decisions, we are now reverting to the statutory 21 days for comments on planning applications to be submitted on individual applications. This will allow Officers more time to reflect on the comments we receive and to provide a more responsive service.
There may of course be occasional scenarios where a Case Officer uses their discretion to agree a longer timeframe for comments if residents, Parishes or other consultees are unable to comment within 21 days on a particular application.
This change flows from an external review of the planning service undertaken in 2019 and the subsequent Action Plan which was agreed by Cabinet in December 2020.
If you have any queries regarding the updated SCI then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org