Draft Revised Statement of Community Involvement

Closed 31 Jul 2015

Opened 11 May 2015

Feedback Updated 15 Jan 2016

We Asked

Comments were sought on the draft revised Statement of Community Involvement. 

You Said

Comments were received from 18 respondents covering a range of detailed matters. 

We Did

The main changes made to the approved SCI in response to comments received on the draft were:

Ground Rules (pages 2-3)
To improve their clarity new text was added to the Ground Rules to emphasise that:
• adequate time should be provided to community involvement participants to enable them to effectively engage in the involvement process;
• meeting at the earliest ‘ideas’ stage also provides an opportunity to agree the approach to community involvement which is proportionate to the type and nature of the plan or development proposal;
• engagement via written correspondence should be pursued if participants are unable to attend involvement events or meetings;
• participants should be provided with sufficient reasons for the development proposal or plan to allow intelligent consideration and response;
• the council carefully considers comments made during involvement and consultation on planning applications and planning policy documents.

Planning applications with potential cross-boundary impacts (page 11)
New text clarifies that prospective planning applicants of schemes likely to have impacts in neighbouring local authority areas should engage with relevant town / parish councils or elected members in un-parished areas.

Involving Councillors
New text clarifies that Councillors will be notified of all pre application enquiries (page 8). Additional text also sets out how Councillors will be involved in the preparation of planning policy documents (page 13).

Results Updated 15 Jan 2016

The comments received informed the version of the Statement of Community Involvement approved by the Mayor at the Cabinet meeting of 3 November 2015.


The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) explains how Bristol City Council involves the community in making decisions on planning applications and producing its planning policy documents. 

The current version of the SCI was adopted in 2008.  To reflect recent reforms to the planning system and the experience of community involvement since 2008, a review is required to ensure the Council has an up to date SCI.  

Please read the Draft Statement of Community Involvement and respond by Friday 31st July 2015.

By email - blp@bristol.gov.uk
By post - Strategic City Planning, Brunel House 2nd Floor, Bristol City Council, PO Box 3176, Bristol BS3 9FS.

Why We Are Consulting

A revised draft SCI has been produced for consultation so that everyone who is interested in planning in bristol has an opportunity to comment before it is finalised. 


The revised draft has been informed by initial engagement with the Neighbourhood Planning Network's 50+ member groups as well as the Planning User group, which consists of consultants and architects who regularly imput into the city's planning process.

What Happens Next

Comments received will inform the final SCI to be approved at a Cabinet meeting in Autumn 2015.


  • Ashley
  • Bedminster
  • Bishopsworth
  • Brislington East
  • Brislington West
  • Clifton
  • Cotham
  • Easton
  • Eastville
  • Filwood
  • Frome Vale
  • Hillfields
  • Horfield
  • Knowle
  • Lawrence Hill
  • Lockleaze
  • Redland
  • Southmead
  • Southville
  • St George West
  • Stockwood
  • Stoke Bishop
  • Windmill Hill


  • All residents
  • Business
  • Community & Voluntary organisations


  • Democracy and participation
  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Regeneration
  • Traffic and transportation
  • Housing
  • Arts and culture
  • Libraries
  • Parks and green spaces
  • Sport and leisure
  • Crime and community safety
  • Environmental health
  • Technology