Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) and engagement

Draft Revised Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) Consultation

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is a statutory document that sets out the ways in which we will engage with residents, communities, businesses, local organisations and other groups to ensure as many people as possible are able to have a say in planning decisions that affect them.

The document provides guidance on how the planning system works and how we will inform, consult and involve people in planning decisions within the Arun District Local Planning Authority Area (excluding the part of the district that is covered by the South Downs National Park Planning Authority).

The current SCI prepared in 2018 is 5 years old and now needs updating. The draft SCI has therefore, been amended with minor changes (highlighted yellow on the document) in order to ensure it is up to date with recent changes in the planning system. We are now undertaking a period of public consultation so that all interested parties have the opportunity to provide comments and influence the final version of the document. 

Have your Say

The consultation is open from Thursday 28 September and closes at 5pm on Friday 27 October 2023.

The draft SCI can be seen below (please note if you require an accessible version of this document please email webmaster). Comments can be made using our online Portal.

Draft SCI for Public Consultation September 2023 [pdf] 677KB


Statement of Community Involvement

The  Statement of Community Involvement 2018-2021 [docx] 127KB enables the local community to find out how we will actively seek to engage individuals and organisations in the plan-making process.  In brief, the Statement of Community Involvement outlines our plans for community consultation and involvement in the production of new documents and in the determination of planning applications.  It sets out:

  • Who we aim to engage with
  • When and what the council will consult on
  • How the council will engage during consultations.


Consultations (current and previous) relating to planning policy can be found on our Objective Portal.

Duty to Co-operate (DtC)

Please follow this link to our Duty to Co-Operate page.