Statement of Community Involvement (Draft Sept 2019)

Ended on the 8 January 2020
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Appendix 1: Consultation bodies for Planning Policy

Specific Consultation Bodies

The following bodies must be consulted where it is considered they may have an interest in the subject of the planning document:

  • the Coal Authority,
  • the Environment Agency,
  • the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England (known as Historic England),
  • the Marine Management Organisation,
  • Natural England,
  • Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (company number 2904587),
  • the Highways England,
  • a relevant authority any part of whose area is in or adjoins the local planning authority's area,
  • any person-
    1. to whom the electronic communications code applies by virtue of a direction given under section 106(3)(a) of the Communications Act 2003, and
    2. who owns or controls electronic communications apparatus situated in any part of the local planning authority's area,
  • if it exercises functions in any part of the local planning authority's area-
    1. a Primary Care Trust established under section 18 of the National Health Service Act 2006(9) or continued in existence by virtue of that section;
    2. a person to whom a licence has been granted under section 6(1)(b) or (c) of the Electricity Act 1989(10);
    3. a person to whom a licence has been granted under section 7(2) of the Gas Act 1986(11);
    4. a sewerage undertaker; and
    5. a water undertaker;
  • the Homes England; and
  • where the local planning authority are a London borough council, the Mayor of London;

General consultation bodies

The following bodies will be consulted where the LPA considers they may have an interest, in or are considered appropriate to the subject of the planning matter concerned:

  • voluntary bodies some or all of whose activities benefit any part of the local planning authority's area,
  • bodies which represent the interests of different racial, ethnic or national groups in the local planning authority's area,
  • bodies which represent the interests of different religious groups in the local planning authority's area,
  • bodies which represent the interests of disabled persons in the local planning authority's area,
  • bodies which represent the interests of persons carrying on business in the local planning authority's area

Appendix 2: Glossary




Infrastructure Levy


A charge which aims to ensure that costs incurred in providing infrastructure to support the development of an area are partly met by land owners who have benefited from the increase in land value when planning permission is granted.

Decision Notice

A formal notice which clearly states whether planning permission is granted or refused and sets out any conditions that must be observed and the reasons for these conditions.

Development Plan

A document, or set of documents, that sets out the policies and proposals for the development and use of land in the District currently comprising the Local Plan, made Neighbourhood Plans and the Minerals and Waste Plan.

Planning law requires that applications for planning permission be determined in accordance with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Development Plan Document (DPD)

Documents prepared by the local planning authority, including the Local Plan, outlining the key main spatial strategy, policies and proposals for the area.

All DPDs must be subject to rigorous procedures of community involvement, consultation and independent examination.

Duty to Co-operate

Duty to co-operate is required as some elements of planning such as the provision of infrastructure to support development, will require some form of cooperation between adjoining local authorities. The duty applies to local authorities and other public bodies involved in plan making.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Environmental Impact Assessment aims to provide a high level of protection of the environment and to contribute to the integration of environmental considerations into projects with a view to reduce their environmental impact.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

A legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information from individuals who live in the EU.

Local Development Scheme (LDS)

The local planning authority's three year programme and timetable for the preparation of Local Development Documents.

Local Planning Authority (LPA)

The public authority whose duty it is to carry out specific planning functions for a particular area. An LPA is usually the planning department of a district, borough or unitary council.

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The NPPF acts as guidance for local planning authorities and decision takers, both in drawing up plans and making decisions about planning applications.

National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG)

Planning policy guidance provided on a government website, which supports the National Planning Policy Framework,

Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Neighbourhood Plan (NP)

Neighbourhood Development Plans (or Neighbourhood Plans), introduced in the Localism Act 2011, become part of the Local Plan and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications. Plans are "made" following an examination by an Independent Examiner and a referendum of the local community.

Neighbourhood Development Order

An order which grants planning permission for specific types of development in relation to a particular neighbourhood area. NDOs may apply to a specific site, sites or a wider area and can enable communities to grant planning permission for new buildings to be built without developers having to apply for separate planning permission

Neighbourhood Plan Qualifying Body

The organisation that can prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan in a given area. Usually a parish or town council, or a neighbourhood forum created for the purpose in accordance with regulations.


Applies to NDP's and is the term used to describe when an NDP is brought into legal effect after a successful referendum.

Planning Inspectorate

An executive agency of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government that deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning related and specialist casework in England and Wales.

Sustainability Appraisal (SA)

A process by which the economic, social and environmental impacts of a project, strategy or plan are assessed, as required by legislation. The aim of the appraisal process is to minimise adverse impacts and resolve as far as possible conflicting or contradictory outcomes of the plan or strategy.

Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

A type of document that may cover a range of issues, thematic or site specific, and provides further detail of policies and proposals in a 'parent' Development Plan Document.

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