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Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement sets out our policy for involving the community in the production of the Belfast Local Development Plan and the consideration of planning applications. 

It describes who, how and when the community will be invited to participate in the different stages of putting together the local development plan and the determination of planning applications.

The statement will support and supplement the commitments in our Equality Scheme and our responsibilities to consult under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. It also represents a further step towards embedding meaningful consultation into our planning and decision-making processes.

The Statement of Community Involvement was adopted by our council on 4 April 2016 and was approved by the Department for Infrastructure on 11 May 2016. 

This has since been revised. The revised SCI was agreed by council on 4 December 2017 and approved by the Department for Infrastructure on 29 March 2018, in accordance with Regulation 7 of the Planning (Statement of Community Involvement) Regulations (NI) 2015, Belfast City Council.