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Planning Practice Guidance 2014 contains advice on how local planning authorities should fulfil the statutory requirement to publicise planning applications
In reaching a decision on planning applications we will always take into account material planning considerations raised by people who comment and/or may be affected by the development. Officers judge them against:
- the principles in policy documents and
- other material considerations.
We will not refuse planning applications where:
- objections are received and
- there is no sustainable planning reason to do so.
We use the following to notify neighbours and interested parties on planning applications. This gives the opportunity to make valid planning representations.
The Council advertises these applications in the local press:
- EIA applications accompanied by an Environmental Statement
- Applications that are a Departure from the Development Plan
- Applications affecting a public right of way
- Applications for ‘major’ development including all applications for:
- the winning and working of minerals
- the use of land for mineral-working deposits
- waste development
- Applications for Listed Building Consent
- Applications affecting a Listed Building or its setting
- Applications affecting the character or appearance of a Conservation Area
- Prior Notifications for Telecommunications but only if the works:
- affect a public right of way
- are contrary to the development plan or
- the site area exceeds 1 hectare.
A site notice will be displayed in at least one place on or near the application site in all cases except:
- Hedgerow removal notices
- High hedge complaints
- Prior notification applications
- Certificates of lawfulness for proposed use or development
- Householder developments (discretionary)
- Section 211 Notices (trees in conservation areas)
- Discharge of condition applications
- Non-material amendment applications
This site notice allows 21 days to comment on the application.
Please make your comments to the case officer within the given period. These needs to be in writing either:
- online using the link above or by email
- by letter.
Anyone can comment on a planning application whether or not they receive a letter.
We notify all residential properties with boundaries abutting an application site in writing.
The case officer may also decide to notify other properties at the time of the site visit. This is when they consider the property might be materially affected in planning terms.
In all cases the notification will give 21 days from the letter date for the recipient or household to make comments.
Neighbours are not notified of applications for:
- Listed Building consent or
- to carry out works to trees.
The Council can determine the application after the 21 day period. We do continue to accept comments:
- after the 21 days and
- up until the decision is made.
It is very important to meet any deadline or your comments may not be taken into account.
We provide weekly lists of all the applications received during the preceding week.
Our online public register is accessed through the website. It provides details of all applications submitted. Online documentation will include:
- the application form
- accompanying plans/drawings
- supporting documents and
- the decision notice (after the decision has been made).
Please note that when viewing major applications, you may experience a delay. This may happen when there are a large number of documents to upload.
Online users can:
- submit comments concerning specific applications
- register to be notifed of any applications submitted within an area such as a parish or postcode.
We are unable to provide hard copy planning files to view at Council offices. If you require information that is not available online, we can scan and email it. Please note there may be a charge depending on the enquiry.
To help speed up enquiries, please quote:
- the application reference and/or
- site address.