Statement of Community Involvement

Statement of Community Involvement Consultation

Following on from the adoption of the refreshed Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) in September 2017, the Council has now prepared a draft of a fully updated SCI, which is currently being consulted on. The SCI sets out how the community can get involved in the preparation of local planning policy documents and decisions on planning applications.

The consultation will take place between Monday 5 November 2018 and Friday 18 January 2019. Comments are welcome on any aspect of the document, but a number of guiding questions are provided at the end of each section.

You can download the SCI consultation document. The document will also be available for inspection at the following locations:

  • Tower Hamlets Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, E14 2BG
  • Bow Idea Store, 1 Gladstone Place, Roman Road, E3 5ES
  • Canary Wharf Idea Store, Churchill Place, E14 5RB
  • Chrisp Street Idea Store, 1 Vesey Path, East India Dock Road, E14 6BT
  • Watney Market Idea Store, 260 Commercial Road, E1 2FB
  • Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BU
  • Bethnal Green Library, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 0HL
  • Cubitt Town Library, Strattondale Street, E14 3HG

Comments should be sent by email to (please refer to the Statement of Community Involvement in the subject line), or by post to:

Statement of Community Involvement Consultation
D&R Strategic Planning
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
PO BOX 55739
E14 1BY

Please note: some alterations were made to the consultation document on Friday 9 November 2018, shortly after the consultation began. The consultation has therefore been extended by a week to Friday 18 January 2019.

Responses referring to the original version of the document will still be accepted, but we encourage you to refer to the updated SCI consultation document wherever possible.

Consultation events

A number of drop-in exhibitions and a consultation workshop on the updated SCI will also be held during the consultation period. The drop-in sessions will be your opportunity to ask planning officers questions about the new SCI, and are open to anybody without booking. The workshop will be based around a more detailed discussion on the content of the updated SCI – if you are interested in attending, please contact for more information. Places at the workshop are limited, but we will try to accommodate all requests wherever possible. The dates and locations of these events can be found below:

  • Drop-in: Wednesday 14 November, 5.30-7.30pm, Bow Idea Store Lab 3
  • Drop-in: Friday 16 November, 1.30-3.30pm, Chrisp Street Idea Store Lab 3
  • Drop-In: Thursday 22 November, 5.30-7.30pm, Canary Wharf Idea Store Lab 1
  • Drop-in: Saturday 24 November, 1.30-3.30pm, Whitechapel Idea Store Lab 2
  • Workshop: Thursday 29 November, 6-8pm, Tower Hamlets Town Hall


Statement of Community Involvement Refresh - Adoption

We have now adopted an updated SCI in light of comments received during public consultation which took places between 11 November 2016 and 2 January 2017. This will be used to guide how we will work with neighbourhood forums and developers to engage the community in planning.

The council first adopted an SCI in 2008 with a commitment to regularly monitor and update the document as required. The previous version was adopted in 2012 and five years on the document required a further update to reflect changes to planning legislation and guidance with regards to 3 key areas which are outlined below.

To download the updated SCI.

The document is also available for inspection on request at London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, London, E14 2BG.

1. Changes in national and regional policy and legislation

(a)          Neighbourhood Plans
(b)          Duty to Co-operate and General Consultees
(c)          Community Infrastructure Levy
(d)          General Permitted Development Order
(e)          Assets of Community Value

2. Local changes 

(a)          Updated details of publications
(b)          Inclusion of social media as a public engagement tool

3. Out-dated terminology

(a)          The removal of outdated terminology and replacement with new terminology
(b)          Updated contact details

The council is taking a two phased approach to updating the document. This is Phase 1 of the update. During Phase 2, the council will look more closely at engagement around the Development Management process. The update for Phase 2 is anticipated to take place in 2018/2019.

For further information or to request to view the document, please contact the Plan Making Team on 020 7364 5009 or e-mail us at