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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.

Lewes District Council has adopted the ‘Revised Statement of Community Involvement’ on 20 July 2020. 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

Any person aggrieved by the decision of Lewes District Council to adopt the Revised Statement of Community Involvement may apply to the High Court for permission to apply for Judicial Review of the decision.  Any such application must be made promptly and in any event not later than 3 months after the date of adoption. Due to Covid-19 measures, the Council is legally obliged to close its offices. Therefore, people with limited access to internet have the possibility to request a paper copy of the planning document.

Planning Policy Team

Lewes District Council


Telephone: 01273 471600
Southover House
Southover Road

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.