Statement of Community Involvement

We are committed to involving local communities and organisations in planning decisions.

Our Statement of Community Involvement sets out how and when we will involve local people in preparing, altering and reviewing our planning policies, plans and decisions.

The current statement was adopted in 2014 with a few minor changes made in February 2016.

You can view the current statement: Statement of Community Involvement - 2016 (pdf)


We are now consulting on an update of the statement. We have updated it to make reference to the Quality Review Panel and when it is appropriate for developers to engage in this process. It also includes information on pre-application advice and how residents can be informed of applications through online mapping.

Changes also include the expectation that applicants will undertake pre-application engagement before submitting an application as well as a more flexible approach the council will take when engaging on applications.

You can view the draft updated statement: Statement of Community Involvement - 2021 (pdf)

You can give us your comments by email at

You can also give your comments by writing to Forward Planning, Civic Centre, Water Gardens, Harlow, CM20 1WG.

The consultation starts on 6 December 2021 and closes at 5pm on 11 February 2022.