Local development framework
The Governments Planning Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 introduced major changes to the way planning policy system operates. A new system comprising a Local Development Framework (LDF) made up of a series of policy documents, now replaces the development plan system of structure plans, local plans and supplementary planning guidance.
As part of the New approach Local Planning Authorities are also required to produce Local Development Schemes (LDS) which is a public statement identifying which local development documents are to be produced, and the intended programme of delivery. The LDS sets down the intended approach including topics to be addressed and key milestones in terms of delivery.
The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is one of the key documents included as part of the new Local Development Framework.
The aim of the SCI is to show how the Council intends to engage the community on all major planning applications and in the preparation of the new Local Development Framework. The draft SCI sets out the groups within the community with whom the Council intends to consult, where the information will be made available on various planning documents and how the community can get involved.
For more information see Local Development Framework.