Planning shapes the places where we live, work and play. For this reason everyone should have the opportunity to get involved in the planning process – which is where the statement of community involvement plays a vital role.
We want to actively engage with the community, so we have drawn up a consultation strategy for planning in Cambridge.
The Statement of Community Involvement sets out how and when we will involve the community and key stakeholders in preparing, altering and reviewing our plans and guidance to guide future development in the city. It also explains how we will involve the community in planning applications.
While there are plenty of opportunities for you to become involved in the planning process, it is vital that community engagement starts at an early stage. This means that you can help influence how future growth and development will happen across Greater Cambridge.
Your local knowledge will help ensure that development in the city benefits the community as a whole, while protecting that which makes this area special.
The statement was adopted by the Planning and Transport Scrutiny Committee in June 2019. It was jointly prepared with South Cambridgeshire District Council as part of our shared planning service.
We have published an addendum to the Statement of Community Involvement, to be read alongside the original document.
It sets out which elements are impacted by current restrictions related to the coronavirus, and how the councils will continue to enable full involvement of people in planning matters.
We will continue to review the need for these temporary measures.