Published: Thursday, 13th September 2018

Oldham Council is looking for the views of residents to help shape our Statement of Community Involvement (SCI.)

The statement outlines how we will inform people about the preparation of the Local Plan, provide guidance and assistance to neighbourhood planning groups and will set out how, you, will be involved in planning applications.

The consultation is an opportunity for people to have a say on how we engage with people in the early stages of growth and development.  

We are looking for comments on the details outlined in the draft Statement of Community Involvement.

We also welcome suggestions of any other techniques or methods that could be used to help us talk to and involve as many people as possible.

Residents have until Thursday 25 October 2018 to submit their comments. 

Following the consultation, the council will consider all the responses received and a final SCI will be prepared.

Councillor Hannah Roberts, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“The statement aims to support our co-operative agenda as we continue to promote working with a resident focus – encouraging residents and other stakeholders to be engaged in the early stages of the planning process.

“We want the views of residents so we can work together and create a borough that works for us all.”

The council wants to make sure that as many residents as possible have their say in the planning process and shaping the Local Plan and particularly welcomes views from those who don’t usually get involved’

The draft SCI and associated Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA) can be found at www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200585/local_plan/1825/consultation and on our consultation portal at http://oldham.objective.co.uk/portal/

Hard copies of the draft SCI and EqIA can be found at Access Oldham and public libraries (please check opening times). Computers can also be accessed at these locations.

The council is keen to promote the submission of comments electronically and would encourage anyone with appropriate facilities to make their responses in this way. Comments can be submitted online at http://oldham.objective.co.uk/portal/

Alternatively, comments can be emailed to spi@oldham.gov.uk or returned by post to the following address no later than 5pm on 25 October 2018 to:

Strategic Planning and Information

Economy, Skills and Neighbourhoods

Room 310, Level 3, Civic Centre

West Street,

Oldham

OL1 1UH

Please note all comments will be held by the Council and will be available to view publicly. Comments cannot be treated as confidential. Your personal information, such as your postal and e-mail address, will not be published, but your name and organisation (if relevant) will.

For more information, please contact the Strategic Planning and Information Team on 0161 770 4061 or 0161 770 1670 or by email at spi@oldham.gov.uk.

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