Civic Voice and University of Reading join forces to research the strength of SCIs

In the Civic Voice 2020-23 manifesto, we committed to a campaign to strengthen Statements of Community Involvement (SCIs) so that they set out more clearly how the local authority and developers are expected to meaningfully engage with local communities on planning issues.

We started this in 2019 by undertaking freedom of information requests to all local planning authorities and discovered that 30% of the 275 responses were 'out of date', i.e. more than 5 years old, with the oldest dated 2006! 37% of councils said that they anticipated updating their SCI in the next 12 months and with only 11% specifically mentioning the local civic society.

We are now updating this data, in a project with the University of Reading, but we need your help! We need your contribution to tell us about your local SCIs.

Register via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you want to play a role in this national research project and we will send you more information.

Are you interesting in learning more about SCIs? You can register to join our training session on this subject via here.