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Consultation on Draft Statement of Community Involvement.

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is a statutory document that explains how we will involve local communities and others with an interest in development in the District in the preparation of planning policy documents and planning applications. 

The existing SCI (see below), which was adopted in April 2006, has now become out of date.

The Council is consulting on a revised draft SCI, which has been updated to reflect changes that have occurred in the planning system since the last version of the SCI was adopted.

We would like to hear your views on the draft SCI. The public consultation is taking place between Friday 22 August and 4.30pm on Friday 3 October 2014.

The draft SCI can also be viewed in the Council's offices in Grantham, Bourne, Stamford and The Deepings.

The preferred way for making comments is online at: as this helps us manage the representations received more efficiently.

Alternatively completed response forms can be returned by e-mail to or by post to:

Planning Policy & Partnerships Team,  South Kesteven District Council,  Council Offices,  St Peters Hill,  Grantham,  NG31 6PZ

All representations received by the end of the consultation period and the issues raised will be taken into account in finalising the SCI.

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is the timetable for producing the planning documents that will make up the Local Plan. The scheme tells you when documents will be produced and when you can expect to get involved.

A new LDS took effect on 11th June 2014.

Over the next three years a new South Kesteven Local Plan will be prepared. This will contain strategic policies, land allocations and development management policies and eventually replace the Core Strategy, Site Allocation and Policies DPD and any remaining saved policies from the 1995 Local Plan (these now only relate to Grantham).

The current Local Development Scheme (June 2014) is available to view below.

Statement of Community Involvement

This sets out how and when we will involve the community and other interested people and organisations (known as stakeholders) when creating planning policy documents and considering planning applications.

Development Plan Documents

Development Plan Documents (DPDs) must be assessed independently by an inspector whose report will then be binding. Our current DPDs are:

Each of these documents is subject to a Sustainability Appraisal.

Supplementary Planning Documents

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) give further details of the policies and proposals set out in development plan documents. They can be design guides, development briefs, other guidance or issue-based documents. They do not form part of the statutory development plan and do not need to be assessed independently by an inspector.

We currently have SPDs on:

Evidence Base Documents

In preparing Development Plan and Supplementary Planning Documents we need to gather a range of evidence to ensure a robust basis for our planning policies.  

Please note that the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) has been updated and Level 2 prepared.  This document can be found in the list below.  If you wish to see the previous version (2009) which supported the preparation of the Core Strategy please contact a member of the planning policy team.

For more information on the studies that have been undertaken so far (by date), please click on the link below.

Evidence Base Documents

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