Statement of Community Involvement

Have your say on the Draft Statement of Community Involvement (2024)


The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is a statutory document that must be prepared by local planning authorities. Legislation requires that this document must set out the Authority's policies to facilitate involvement of those persons and organisations who have an interest in the preparation of a local plan, other planning policy documents, neighbourhood plans and the consideration of planning applications. 

Following changes to allow public speaking at Planning Committee, the SCI has been amended to reflect this. We are seeking your views on the draft document that contains these changes and we have also taken the opportunity to make changes reflecting current policy and practice. The draft SCI will be a revision of the existing SCI which was adopted in March 2015. 

The Draft Statement of Community Involvement (2024) (PDF File, 812kb) is the 2015 SCI with proposed deletions crossed through and proposed additional items underlined.

How to take part in the Consultation

Please submit your views to us in one of the following ways:

  • email us via 
  • write to us at:

    Planning Policy & Infrastructure Business Unit

    Newark & Sherwood District Council

    Castle House

    Great North Road


    NG24 1BY

Comments are now being sought on the Draft SCI from 8th April 2024 to 20th May 2024.

What happens next

We will review all responses to the consultation and update the SCI as appropriate. We will then submit a report to Cabinet for formal adoption in June 2024. 


Apart from your specific comments, the personal information you have provided will only be used by Newark & Sherwood District Council in accordance with the UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 and will not be shared with any third party.

The basis under which the Council uses personal data for this purpose is to undertake a public task.

The information that you have provided will be kept in accordance with the Council’s retention schedule, which can be found at:

Statement of Community Involvement (2015)

The Statement of Community Involvement (March 2015) (PDF File, 793kb) explains how Newark and Sherwood District Council helps individuals, groups and communities take part in the planning system, including planning policy documents and planning applications.

Since the production of our first SCI in 2006, there have been significant changes to the planning system. We have updated the SCI to respond to the requirements of new legislation. The updated SCI was adopted at a meeting of the Economic Development Committee on 11 March 2015.