Statement of community involvement

Explains what the statement of community involvement is, how to get involved and was there any consultation.

What is the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)?

The Statement of Community Involvement, or SCI, sets out the way the council will involve the local community, stakeholders and statutory bodies in the preparation and revision of the East Riding Local Plan. It identifies who will be involved, and when and how they will be involved.

The Statement of Community Involvement also describes the council’s procedures and arrangements for involving the community when considering planning applications and major proposals for development.

The council's first SCI was adopted in 2007. It was first updated in 2013. It was updated again in 2017 to reflect experiences of undertaking public consultation when preparing the adopted East Riding Local Plan as well as latest best practice and government changes to the planning system. Minor delegated amendments were made to the SCI in July 2018 to reflect the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning Act (2017) and the adoption of the council's Neighbourhood Planning Advice and Assistance Policy.

COVID-19 Statement

The Government has issued advice on the importance of progressing Local Plans during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to support the country’s economic recovery. The Council is continuing to progress its Local Plan in accordance with Government advice on social distancing. This may temporarily impact on the way the Council carries out consultation, with greater reliance on virtual forms of communication. The Council will ensure that any consultation is safe, meaningful and available to those without internet access.

The current SCI is available to view below:

Statement of Community Involvement (May 2020) (pdf 2.4mb)

How do I get involved in planning decisions?

There are two main ways to get involved in planning decisions in your area. The first is through the preparation of the long term plan for the East Riding – the East Riding Local Plan. The second is by making comments on individual planning applications.

East Riding Local Plan

The East Riding Local Plan will provide local planning policies to guide investment and help determine planning applications. It will set out how much, and what type of development is appropriate for different areas (through the Strategy Document), and will identify particular sites for development or safeguarding (through the Allocations Document).

To be involved and informed of progress on the Local Plan, please email your request to or write to Forward Planning, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverly, HU17 9BA . Details of future events will be made available on this website where you can view the latest Local Plan documents and comment during periods of consultation. You can also see what others have written.

Planning Applications

Once we receive a formal planning application, we will display public notices and/or write to homes and businesses near the proposed site – inviting comments. You can view details of the proposal – including architectural drawings – at our Customer Service Centres and we will also provide details of the application on our Public Access website.

You can register to be notified of planning applications and make comments on applications you are interested in through the Public Access website:

Public Access website (external East Riding website)

For more information on the planning applications process please visit the Planning planning permission and associated services page.

How do we use your information?

If you make a comment on or request to be kept informed of progress on the Local Plan, including Minerals and Waste Local Plans and the Community Infrastructure Levy, Statement of Community Involvement or Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD), your details will be held securely. You will be notified of and consulted on the progress of the document that is currently being produced until its adoption. You may also be consulted and informed about the preparation of other planning document(s), such as SPDs that are reasonably related. Responses will be retained until the document you commented on has been adopted and is later superseded. Your details and comments may be shared with third parties for activities associated with the development planning (e.g. with Town and Parish Councils for the purposes of Neighbourhood Planning).

Comments will be made publically available to view on the Council’s website. The Council only redacts comments from individual members of the public to remove personal data in respect of email addresses, telephone numbers and signatures. The Council will not post comments which it considers to be libellous, discriminatory or otherwise offensive.

If you no longer wish to receive updates, please email your request to or write to Forward Planning, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA. For more information on how the Council uses information you can view our privacy statement.

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