Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

Our planning system provides opportunities for local people to take part in making key decisions that will affect their communities.

We think this is essential in creating and delivering inclusive, accessible and safe sustainable communities.

On 15 September 2020, BCP Council adopted a Statement of Community Involvement. It will be operational from 1 December 2020.

The SCI has replaced the three legacy authority’s SCIs with a single, consolidated document. This will enable a consistent approach to planning engagement with individuals, local communities and other stakeholders on a range of planning matters. It sets out how we will:

  • consider and determine planning applications for development and how the community can be involved in the process
  • involve and engage with the community and other stakeholders in the preparation of Local Development Plan and Supplementary Plan Documents, and other planning documents.

Planning policies will shape Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s future and determine where we live, work, shop, spend our leisure time, how we travel around the area and what impact we have on the environment. Important decisions on how we will develop over the next 15 to 20 years have to be made and we want as many people as possible to be involved in this process. Similarly, it is important that local people are consulted on development proposals that affect their local area