Community involvement is an important part of the process of considering planning applications and other types of consent and preparing local plans and other planning policy documents, including neighbourhood plans.
The Statement of Community Involvement sets out how the Council will involve people in the planning process. Involving communities:
- helps to establish agreement about future development in the borough
- allows communities to influence planning decisions that shape the local area
- enables those that may be affected by a proposed development or plan to express their views before decisions are made
The Council published an update to the Statement of Community Involvement in 2013 and is currently being updated to take on board national changes to planning policies and procedures, and to revise contact details. References have also been made to the Council’s digital operating model, new consultation channels and GDPR.
Consultation on the revised Statement of Community Involvement 2019 has closed. Comments received are now being considered.
Statement of Community Involvement 2013
The Statement of Community Involvement 2013 informs local communities of how and when they can get involved in the planning process. The document also takes account of simplified publicity and consultation procedures for local plans, new types of documents that the Council must consult on and the neighbourhood planning process.
It was adopted by the Council’s Executive on 10 July 2013.
- Statement of Community Involvement 2013
- Schedule of Representations Received and the Council's Responses
- Equality Analysis
The adopted Statement of Community Involvement 2013 can also be viewed at all libraries in the borough and the Council's Customer Service Centre at 2 Horne Lane, Bedford.
Minerals and waste service
A separate Statement of Community Involvement sets out the approach to the consultation on Minerals and Waste plans and planning applications.