Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how the council intends to involve the local community in planning issues, setting out:

  • who will be consulted
  • when involvement should take place
  • which methods will be used.

Its purpose is to ensure active and continuous community participation in the planning process, whilst also making sure that the best decisions are made.

The council adopted a new Statement of Community Involvement in March 2018 following consultation on a draft in October-December 2017. A copy can be found at the bottom of the page.

Proposed temporary revisions to the Statement of Community Involvement

National Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) has recently been updated in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic and recommends that council’s review their SCI and update it in light of the government’s guidelines for helping prevent the spread of the disease.

As a result the council is making some temporary amendments to the requirements set out in the adopted SCI. These are to protect the health of our communities and staff, while still ensuring that the council can continue to successfully conduct its planning functions in a manner which is underpinned by extensive and effective community engagement.

The council are currently consulting on proposed temporary revisions to the Statement of Community Involvement, the proposed changes and reasons for these changes can be found below:

Paragraph 7.2 of the adopted SCI notes that any necessary changes to the SCI will be made following appropriate public consultation, having regard to emerging best practice guidance and/or changes in legislation.

The amendments made to the SCI are temporary in nature, to take account of issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the implications this has for community engagement in light of the government restrictions in place.

How to comment on the temporary revisions to the Statement of Community Involvement

The proposed draft revisions to the SCI are available for comment until 4pm on Monday 3 August 2020

Representations can be submitted using the council's online consultation portal, or by email or by post. If you are emailing us or writing to us, it would be helpful if you submitted your comments on the council's bespoke representation form.

Online at:

Or by email to:

Or by post to:

Planning Policy Team
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Civic Offices
London Road
RG21 4AH

What happens next?

Following the consultation, all comments will be taken into consideration prior to adoption of the temporary amendments to the SCI in autumn 2020.


Hard copies of the SCI are available and can be obtained by contacting a member of the Local Plan Team.

Contact details

Local Plan team

Telephone: 01256 844844

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    London Road
    RG21 4AH
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