Planning – The best way to get your views across
One of the important roles of the parish council is to comment on planning applications. Our view is just one of those taken into account by Cotswold District Council when the application is considered and anyone can comment on a proposal. The system is sometimes very confusing and so the parish council has put together this guide to help you get your views across.
Most planning applications are dealt with by planning officers and only go before the councillors on the planning committee if the ward councillor requests it. If you are commenting to an application it makes sense to copy the ward councillor, Jenny Forde, in on any views you send to CDC so that she is aware of the issues and you can ask her to refer the application to the committee where you may have the right to speak.
The planners work under strict guidelines and have to judge applications based on certain
It can often be confusing when commenting on applications to know exactly which matters will be taken into account by the planning officers and which will not, so below is a list of the relevant (material) and irrelevant (non-material considerations) to try to help make sure that your comments have the maximum impact.
|Material planning considerations – these are the matters which planners have to take into account so your objections should be based on them They can include (but are not limited to):||Non-material considerations – these are the matters which are not relevant to planners|
|Local and National planning policies||Who the applicant is/the applicant's background|
|Overlooking/loss of privacy||Loss of views|
|Loss of daylight/sunlight or overshadowing||Loss of property value for adjoining property|
|Scale and dominance||Loss of trade or increased competition for existing businesses|
|Layout and density of buildings||Strength or volume of local opposition|
|Appearance and design of development and materials proposed||Construction noise, disturbance, problems during development|
|Disabled persons' access||Fears of damage to property|
|Highway safety||Maintenance of property|
|Traffic and parking issues||Boundary disputes, covenants or other property rights|
|Drainage and flood risk||Rights of way|
|Noise, dust, fumes, pollution etc||Personal circumstances are generally not a material planning consideration|
|Impact on character or appearance of area||Financial gain for developer|
|Effect on listed buildings and conservation areas||Moral objections|
|Effect on trees and wildlife/nature conservation||Retrospective application (ie: an application for work which has already been carried out)|
|Impact on the community and other services||Track-record of applicant/developer|
|Economic impact and sustainability – is proposal viable?||Amendment to previous scheme|
|Planning history/previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)|