Consultation draft Statement of Community Involvement
3. Why we consult
3.1 The Council considers it important that local residents, businesses, organisations and a broad range of stakeholders have the opportunity to directly influence planning decisions in the District. This includes both the preparation of future planning policies (plan making) for the district and in the determination of planning applications (development management decisions).
3.2 The benefits of effective community engagement include: greater ownership in planning decisions; increased awareness of planning proposals; highlighting the public’s priorities; and greater collective working between the Council and the community.
3.3 Duty to cooperate
3.4 The Localism Act introduced a duty for the Council to ‘engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis’ with neighbouring Councils and other bodies during the preparation of plans and policies in relation to strategic cross-boundary planning matters. The Council will proactively engage with all Local Planning Authorities within the Leicestershire Housing Market Area in addition to the neighbouring councils of Rugby Borough Council, Rutland County Council, Corby Borough Council, Kettering Borough Council and Daventry District Council and other relevant bodies through regular meetings in the discharge of this duty.
3.5 Examples of the Council undertaking its duty to cooperate will be set out each year in the Annual Monitoring Report. This will be published on the website (www.harborough.gov.uk/planning) and presented to Executive Committee. All information regarding consultations, the work of the Strategic Planning Team and guidance and information with regards to planning applications, planning enforcement and appeals will also be published on the website, as above, and be updated regularly.