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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
criteria.

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)
Government Policy