Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

The SCI is a document that sets out how the Council intends to involve the community and stakeholders in the planning process.

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The Council has now considered all comments on the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). Minor comments were raised on the document, these have been considered and amendments made to the document. The amended  SCI will be going to Planning Committee on the 10th February 2021. After this the document will go to Full Council on the 4th March where it will be formally adopted. Below is a copy of the document that will be presented at Planning Committee.

Icon for pdf Statement of Community Involvement (for adoption March 2021) [2.98MB]

How to get involved in planning issues in your local area

The Planning Department is currently reviewing the best way to take the Community Planning Panel (CPP) and Developers Market Panel (DMP) forward in the future (see more information on these two groups late on this page). If you would like to express an interest in joining the CPP or DMP please e-mail planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk. Once future arrangements for the CPP and DMP have been finalised the Planning Department will get in contact with those who have expressed an interest and existing members.

Temporary amendments to the Statement of Community Involvement

The Council has made temporary amendments to its Statement of Community Involvement following the issue of Government Guidance on 13th May 2020 which encouraged Local Authorities to undertake an immediate review where any of the policies in the Statement of Community Involvement cannot be complied with due to current guidance to help combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The amended measures within the Statement of Community Involvement come into force on 29th May 2020 and can be viewed below.

Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how the Council intends to involve and engage with the local community and stakeholders in the preparation of all planning policy documents (including the Local Plan) and during the Development Management process (e.g. during the consideration of planning applications).

The Council's Statement of Community Involvement can be found here: Icon for pdf Statement of Community Involvement (May 2020) [565.52KB]

Update on the new revised draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act requires Local Authorities to prepare a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). The 2012 Local Planning Regulations (as amended) state that local planning authorities must review their SCIs at least once every 5 years from their adoption date to ensure that policies remain relevant and effectively address the needs of the local community. It is for this reason that the current SCI has been revised.

The aim of the SCI is to set out how Runnymede Borough Council will engage with the community, including residents, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders on Local Plan matters, planning applications and as part of the planning enforcement process.

The document sets out the minimum level of consultation that will be undertaken by the Council in each case, as well as the range of additional consultation/engagement techniques which can be/are already utilised by the Council.

Public consultation on the draft SCI was carried out from 7th October until 22nd November 2020.  

Below is a copy of the draft Statement of Community Involvement and Equalities screening that has been drafted by the Council.

Icon for pdf SCI Final Consultation Draft (07-10-2020) [3.28MB]

Icon for pdf SCI EqIA Final Screening [160.25KB]

The Runnymede Community Panel and Developers Forum

In late 2015, the Council's Policy and Strategy team sought to widen the opportunities available to engage with both the local communities in the Borough of Runnymede and the development community as the Local Plan was developed. As such, two panels were created which are discussed in more detail below. It should be noted that neither of these panels are decision making bodies. Any agreement reached between Council officers and either panel will be subject to the democratic processes of the Council and the statutory provisions of the Local Plan process.

The agenda and minutes of every meeting of the Community Planning Panel and the Development Market Panel will be published on this webpage once they have been finalised.

The Runnymede Community Planning Panel

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that Local Plans are key to delivering sustainable development that reflects the vision and aspirations of local communities. It encourages Local Planning Authorities to carry out meaningful engagement and collaboration with neighbourhoods, local organisations and businesses as Local Plans are prepared. The NPPF is clear that a wide section of the community should be proactively engaged, so that Local Plans, as far as possible, reflect a collective vision and a set of agreed priorities for the sustainable development of the area, including those contained in any neighbourhood plans that have been made.

Runnymede Borough Council has therefore established a Community Planning Panel (CPP, previously known as the Planning Liaison Group) with residents'/community associations from across the Borough to act as a channel for engagement and collaboration with the Borough's communities as sought by the NPPF.

The CPP is made up of residents'/community associations from across the Borough of Runnymede and currently a representative attends from:

  • Chertsey (South) Residents' Association (joined 9/11/2017)
  • Egham Residents' Association
  • Englefield Green Village Residents' Association
  • Hamm Court Residents' Association
  • Lyne Residents' Association (joined 9/11/2017)
  • The Chertsey Society
  • The Ottershaw Society
  • Thorpe Residents' Association
  • Virginia Water Community Association
  • Wentworth Residents' Association
  • West Addlestone Residents' Association

The CPP will meet at appropriate intervals during the preparation of the new Local Plan and the Council will seek comments and contributions from these associations on emerging evidence/draft policies and for the CPP to engage with Council officers as the Runnymede 2035 Local Plan is prepared.

The first meeting of the CPP took place on 3 December 2015 and Terms of Reference was agreed.

The second meeting of the CPP took place on 19 April 2016.

The third meeting of the CPP took place on 26 January 2017.

The fourth meeting of the CPP took place on 16 May 2017.

The fifth meeting of the CPP took place on 9 November 2017.

The sixth meeting of the CPP took place on 16 January 2018.

The seventh meeting of the CPP took place on 22 May 2018.

If you would like to express an interest in joining the CPP or would like more information please e-mail planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk.

The Runnymede Development Market Panel

In producing housing evidence to inform the development of Local Plans, all planning authorities are required to involve stakeholders from an early stage of evidence development. The Council has prepared draft evidence to identify the level of need for housing in Runnymede (and the wider Housing Market Area) and is now preparing its assessment of land availability (the SLAA), which is a requirement of the NPPF. Planning Practice Guidance states that in preparing the evidence in relation to land availability, Local Planning Authorities should consult:

'developers; those with land interests; land promoters; local property agents; local communities;partner organisations; Local Enterprise Partnerships and businesses and business representative organisations...'

Runnymede Borough Council has therefore established a Development Market Panel (DMP) which is made up of members who include developers, those with land interests, land promoters and local property agents. The purpose of this panel is to advise the Council on technical aspects of land availability, such as providing market commentary and commenting on development viability using their local industry knowledge of housing and employment land markets. This information will assist officers in assessing sites development potential. It should be noted however that members of the panel are not permitted to use it as a means of promoting their own sites through the Local Plan process.

The first meeting of the DMP took place on 13 January 2016 and Terms of Reference was agreed.

The second meeting of the DMP took place on 19 April 2016.

The third meeting of the DMP took place in February 2017 to specifically discuss the Local Plan viability work. 

If you would like to express an interest in joining the DMP or would like more information please e-mail planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk.