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Meeting of the Executive held on 04/10/2004
STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT



Summary & Purpose
At the meeting of the Local Development Framework Special Interest Group on 2nd September, Members agreed the full draft of the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). This document is a requirement under the new regime for producing development plans. It will be the subject of consultation with the public and will be subject to an independent examination.

Quality of Life Implications
Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe Communities
Local Economy
Natural
Resource Use
Pollution
Prevention and Control
Biodiversity
and Nature
Local
Environment
Social
Inclusion
Safe, Healthy
and Active
Communities
Local
Economy
Positive
N/A
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive


APPENDIX D
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE -
13TH SEPTEMBER 2004

EXECUTIVE - 4TH OCTOBER 2004
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Title:
STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
[Wards Affected: All]
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Summary and purpose:

At the meeting of the Local Development Framework Special Interest Group on 2nd September, Members agreed the full draft of the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). This document is a requirement under the new regime for producing development plans. It will be the subject of consultation with the public and will be subject to an independent examination.

The draft of this document is attached to this report at Annexe 1.
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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe, Healthy and Active Communities
Local Economy
Positive
N/A
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive

E-Government implications:

There may be implications for e-government in the consultation processes.

Resource and Legal Implications

The more extensive engagement of the public in the planning process will, inevitably, have significant implications on the time resources of the Planning Policy Section, the Chief Executive’s Department and Communications. Whilst it is difficult to identify these implications with accuracy at this stage, it is clear that some additional resources will be needed.
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Background

1. At the meeting of the Special Interest Group on the 4th August the overall structure of the Statement of Community Involvement was agreed. Members sought a number of changes to the document, these changes were made and the second draft was agreed by the Local Development Framework Special Interest Group at its meeting on 2nd September. A second draft is attached at Annexe 1, this document will be considered as the basis for consultation in October.

2. An early Stakeholder event took place on the 22nd July 2004. There was a general concern about consultation overload/fatigue. A strong preference was expressed by those who attended for short, concise briefings/information, preferably in regular electronic newsletter format, though it was recognised that not all organisations have access to e-mail and the Internet. Those who attended felt that accuracy should not be sacrificed for simplicity. They also stressed the need for information to be made available as early as possible to enable clerks/secretaries to disseminate.

3. A copy of the first Newsletter, summarising the outcome of the event, is attached at Annexe 2.

4. It is intended that there will be a six-week period of consultation on the SCI in December 2004/January 2005. It is anticipated that the Examination will take place by way of Written representations in June 2005. Adoption would follow in December 2005.

Conclusion

5. The Statement of Community Involvement will provide a clear commitment to the community on how the Council intends to carry out consultation in accordance with the indications from the early stakeholder event.

Observations of Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee considered the Statement of Community Involvement at its meeting on 13th September 2004 and expressed its appreciation of the work carried out by the Local Development Framework Special Interest Group.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Statement of Community Involvement be endorsed prior to it being published for consultation.
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Background Papers (DoPD)

Draft Planning Policy Statement 12 (Local Development Frameworks)
Draft T&CP (Local Development) England Regulations 2004
Draft T&CP (Transitional Arrangements) England Regulations 2004
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CONTACT OFFICERS:

Name: Peter Hartley Telephone: 01483 - 523297

E-mail: phartley@waverley.gov.uk

Name: Geraldine Molony Telephone: 01483 523296

E-mail: gmolony@waverley.gov.uk

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