Draft Statement of Community Involvement 2018
2.1 The Planning System is complex and as a result some local communities, individuals and groups don't understand how they can get involved in the planning process. A Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) seeks to address this by describing how the public, businesses and interested groups within East Hampshire District can get involved in the creation of local planning policy, neighbourhood planning and the planning application decision making process.
2.2 The SCI identifies how people and groups can engage with the planning system in the best way. Effective consultation enables stakeholders and the public to express their views. However, there may be instances where the Council has to balance all relevant issues and this may mean a different outcome to some of the views expressed. Where this is the case, the Council will be transparent in its reasoning.
2.3 The Council's Corporate Strategy 2014 – 2019 sets out the Council's values including that we put the customer at the centre of everything we do. The Corporate Strategy identifies that our approach to service delivery adopts the principles of marketing which are to assess the needs of the resident, business and visitor population using customer insight.
2.4 Whilst the SCI primarily sets out how the Council will engage with communities, it also provides useful guidance to help inform neighbourhood planning groups undertake effective consultation.