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Public Consultation

Please be aware due to new government guidelines concerning COVID-19 some of our administrative processes within the Planning department have now changed. This is to process items in a timely manner whilst our teams work remotely. For full guidance on the changes please visit our Coronavirus service disruption pages

Due to COVID-19 and the closure of the Civic Centre and libraries, hard copies of consultation documents are not available to view at this time, and all comments should be made using the online consultation portal.

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

The SCI (2020) was adopted at a meeting of full council on 5 March 2020 and provides details of how the planning department will consult with the public on most planning matters. The SCI sets out how we consult during the plan-making process and also when we receive planning applications.

The planning department is committed to ensuring that everyone is able to comment on plans that may have an impact on them. To do this we propose to:

  • Seek people's views as early as possible
  • Have consultations available online and in hard copy
  • Involve all members of the community regardless of gender, faith, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, age, social deprivation or rural isolation
  • Keep people informed of future stages of consultation
  • Produce clear, concise documents and avoid jargon where possible
  • Hold public exhibitions or workshops where appropriate

The document below details how we intend to achieve these objectives, who we plan to consult with, and how we will do it.

Download the Statement of Community Involvement 2020 [pdf] 1147KB

Following Government guidance to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus it is advised that the Planning Department cannot meet all commitments contained in the SCI. The document below sets out the current change to consultation methods set out in the SCI.

View Covid-19 impact on Statement of Community Involvement [pdf] 481KB

Public consultations online portal

A consultation portal has been launched which will enable residents, businesses and others to have their say on key planning issues and future developments in Ashford.

View open consultations and register on the Consultation Portal.

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