Statement of Community Involvement

Sarah James made this Freedom of Information request to Northumberland County Council as part of a batch sent to 12 authorities

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Dear Northumberland County Council,

Here at Civic Voice we are campaigning to put public participation at the heart of the planning system. With this in mind:

- Can you confirm as to whether your local authority has a Statement of Community Involvement?

- Can you confirm when the authority published the Statement of Community Involvement?

- When is your next expected consultation/update?

- Do you have a publicly available link to the SCI?

- Is the local Civic Society or Civic Trust identified by the local planning authority as a Consultee (whether Statutory or Non-Statutory) in the Planning System within the Statement of Community Involvement?

Yours faithfully,

Sarah James

Northumberland County Council

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Northumberland County Council
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Northumberland
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Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 6470   

Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request received Wednesday 31 July
2019.
Right of Access

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The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
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Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the following information in response.

Can you confirm as to whether your local authority has a Statement of
Community Involvement? 
Yes the Council does have a Statement of Community Involvement.
 
Can you confirm when the authority published the Statement of Community
Involvement? 
The Council's Statement of Community Involvement was adopted by the
Council in February 2015.
 
When is your next expected consultation/update? 
The Council does not currently have any plans to review and update the
document at the moment.
 
Do you have a publicly available link to the SCI? 
The Statement of Community Involvement is publicly available via the
following link on the Council's website:
[1]https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Northu...

Is the local Civic Society or Civic Trust identified by the local planning
authority as a Consultee (whether Statutory or Non-Statutory) in the
Planning System within the Statement of Community Involvement?

Local Civic Societies or Civic Trusts are not individually identified in
the Statement of Community Involvement.  They are classed as a
"General Consultation Body" within the Statement of Community
Involvement and are listed a such on the Council's Local Plan consultation
database and are consulted on all planning policy document consultations.

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Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
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NE61 2EF

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Yours faithfully

FOI Coordinator - Planning Services
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

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