Statement of Community Involvement

Statement of Community Involvement Refresh - Adoption

The council’s Statement of Community Involvement sets out how the community can get involved in the preparation of local planning policy documents and decisions on planning applications.

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(a)          The removal of outdated terminology and replacement with new terminology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