Statement of Community Involvement for Planning Draft Consultation - January 2020

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7. What will we do with your comments?

7.1. The council will ensure that when consultation is undertaken, all appropriate comments will be used to inform the content of the planning documents. Inevitably there will be some conflict between the comments and the representations and it will not be possible for the council to amend the planning documents to suit everyone but the council will consider all the comments carefully in preparing the local planning documents. The Council will not respond to all comments and representations individually.

7.2. At the end of a consultation period, the council will analyse all of the comments received and will prepare a summary of the comments. This summary will be presented to Cabinet or Full Council as a background paper to any recommendation for changes to the planning document. When the council submits a planning document to the Secretary of State it must be accompanied by a statement of consultation which sets out a summary of the representations received and the main issues raised. All of the comments and reports will be made available to view on the council's website and at the council's offices on request.

7.3. Any individual or organisation making comments on any local planning document, a supplementary planning document or a neighbourhood plan will be added as a consultee for that particular consultation document on our database.

7.4. Please note that the council, in its absolute discretion, reserves the right not to consider or include comments which are inappropriate including:

  • comments of a discriminatory nature (age, gender, disability, ethnicity, religious belief and sexual orientation) including racist and homophobic comments;
  • inflammatory or offensive comments (of a foul or abusive nature); or
  • any other comments of a similar nature that it deems inappropriate.

If a written response to a consultation is received which contains inappropriate content as listed above, this will be discarded from the consultation and, where there is a postal address, will be returned. In these circumstances the respondent will be given an opportunity to make their comments using more appropriate language so that they can be considered as part of the consultation process.


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