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Consultation Statement

As part of the Sheffield Development Framework plan for the city a Statement of Community Involvement and a Code Of Practice for Publicity and Consultation on all Planning Applications has been adopted. The greater use of pre-application consultations is strongly encouraged, especially on larger schemes.

Benefits

  • Helps the community shape a major regeneration scheme or a scheme with a wide community impact.

  • Overcome barriers to service and assist hard-to-reach groups such as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities.

  • Generate informed debate about very complex planning issues of wide significance.

The objective of substantial additional consultation is to engage in useful dialogue, not to provide extra opportunities for lobbying by objectors. Applicants will be welcome to use whatever techniques and approaches they think are appropriate.

Suggested Approaches

  • Media coverage, by briefings, press releases and this website

  • Meetings between planning officers and small groups of people and their elected representatives, where detailed dialogue might be useful

  • Exhibitions of proposals with the opportunity to make comments

  • Public meetings, preferably organised and hosted as 'roadshows' by the Community Assemblies, to ensure wide community involvement and neutral chairing

Meaningful Consultation Methods

Pre-application consultation needs to be meaningful and not seen as a public relations exercise to win support for a pre-determined proposal. Therefore, the Planning Service will apply criteria to test the validity of pre-application consultation and determine whether the responses can be given weight when deciding an eventual application:

  1. Was the approach to consultation agreed with the Planning Service
  2. Was the process of consultation transparent and inclusive?
  3. Have objections based on sound planning reasons been addressed?

Costs

The responsibility for carrying out pre-application consultation (and the costs of doing so) will rest with the applicant. Where carried out, an applicant should submit a consultation supporting statement with the eventual planning application, summarising what methods have been used, representations received, and any changes made to the proposals as a result of consultations.

Assistance

We can offer advice and support to applicants. We will respond to requests for advice on the applicant’s proposed method of pre-application consultation and on the proposed content of consultation material. Our service target is to respond within fifteen working days of receipt of any such request for assistance.

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