Bolsover District residents are being urged to give their views on a draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). This Statement sets out how we will involve the public in planning matters, including Development Plans, Planning Applications and Neighbourhood Plans.
In line with our commitments in Vision Bolsover to increase customer satisfaction with services and national planning policy to have effective public engagement, and the government’s direction of travel in terms of strengthening engagement during plan making, the consultation suggests some new ways of improving engagement in the plan making process. A survey has been created to ask the public what they think about the proposals and to have their say on how they’d like to be consulted.
Deputy Leader, Councillor Duncan McGregor, said: “We have published our key priorities within our Vision Bolsover prospectus that states our commitment to improve customer contact and remove barriers to accessing information Our draft SCI suggests some ideas for exceeding the minimum requirements for engagement in plan-making, to deliver on these priorities, and we’d like to hear from the public if they have any other suggestions that we could explore.
“How the public engage with us over planning is important to us. We can improve how we explain our proposals and make greater efforts to reach out to more of our residents so that their voices and views are properly heard and understood. We encourage you to read the document and tell us what you think.”
Some of the issues we are interested to know about are:
Would residents or community groups like to have more meetings with the council so the processes can be explained in more detail outside formal consultation exercises?
- What are their views on using new technologies? E.g. Social media and QR codes.
- Should all neighbouring properties of site allocations be consulted in a draft local plan?
- Should Planning policy staff be available at district offices for a few days during consultation periods?
We are also interested in what people have to say about how we consult on planning applications and neighbourhood plans also.
The consultation goes live on 6 May and lasts for 6 weeks until 17 June.
We will take account of all responses received and report back to Planning Committee before a final SCI is issued in October 2022.
More information is available by contacting the Planning Policy team on 01246 242203.