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Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets the standard and approach we take to involve stakeholders and the community in consulting on planning matters. This includes the handling of major planning applications. It is intended to 'signpost' opportunities for anyone who wishes to make a contribution to planning for our future.

Consultation on Lewes District Council Revised Statement of Community Involvement

Lewes District Council is preparing the ‘Revised Statement of Community Involvement’ which, when adopted, will set out the Council’s approach to consulting the community and other stakeholders about planning.

The current SCI was adopted in 2011. Since then, the Localism Act 2011 and the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 have been introduced. Amendments have also been made to the Town and Country Planning Regulations and a new National Planning Policy Framework has come into force. These legislative changes mean that there is a need to review and update our SCI.

The document sets out how and when the Council will provide opportunities for the community to contribute to the planning process, including local plan preparation and the consideration of planning applications. It is split into four main sections as follows:

  • Overview of the Planning System
  • Plan Making
  • Neighbourhood Planning
  • Development Management

Representations on the Draft Statement of Community Involvement are invited over an 8 week period from 11 November 2019 and 5 January 2020.

How to respond

The easiest way to comment on the Revised Statement of Community Involvement is via our consultation portal via the link below, where you can comment on each aspect of the SCI, which will then be submitted directly to us for consideration.

Consultation Portal Link

Please let us know which section in the document that you are commenting on.

All representations will be published on the council’s website and anonymous submissions cannot be accepted.

Other ways to respond to the consultation:

• Emailing comments to

• Writing to the District Council at the following address:

Planning Policy Team
Lewes District Council
Southover House
Southover Road

Paper copies are available to read at the Lewes District Council’s offices in Southover House.

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Policy Team by email at if you have any queries about this consultation.

The original 2006 SCI was revised in 2010, due to Government changes to Planning Policy Statement 12 and the creation of the South Downs National Park Authority. The revision was subject to consultation between May and November 2010, prior to adoption.

As a result of a Cabinet decision on 19 October 2011, we adopted a new protocol on planning matters between ourselves and the Lewes District Association of Local Councils.

You can download documents relating to the Lewes District Council SCI below.

We published a review of the SCI for consultation with the local community and other interested parties. The consultation was undertaken between Friday 26th October and Friday 21st December 2018.