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Friday, August 19, 2016

How we consult on planning matters

Take a look at the West Lancashire Borough Council website to find out how the Council is going to consult on planning matters. Visit the Statement of Community Involvement page.

The Borough Council is required by law to consult various people on many aspects of planning. For example, the Council needs to notify neighbours about planning applications, and to gauge the views of local residents and other interested people when preparing new planning policy documents.

The Council has now adopted a new Statement of Community Involvement (SCI), which sets out how it will engage people in the planning process, whether in preparing new planning policy, dealing with planning applications, considering works to trees, or appraising conservation areas. 

Earlier this year the Council carried out a consultation on the SCI, and has taken the views of those who responded into account when writing the new document.  Adherence to the SCI will be an important consideration when gauging how well the Council is carrying out its planning function. The new SCI replaces an older document prepared by the Council in 2007.

Councillor John Hodson, portfolio holder for Planning, said: “This Council is always interested in hearing the views of the residents of West Lancashire, and of those with an interest in the area. Planning Services regularly consult stakeholders, and we want to make sure we continue to engage with people in the most effective way possible. We are very grateful to everyone who took part in the consultation.”

To find out more about the SCI please visit Statement of Community Involvement.

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