PLANNING OBJECTIONS & THIRD PARTY REPRESENTATIONS
We often undertake Planning Objections for individuals and businesses that are likely to be affected by a proposed scheme or redevelopment.
Sometimes individuals making Planning Objections can get engrossed in how it will personally affect them rather than studying the scheme proposed. We can structure an objection in such a way using National and Local planning policy. This would focus on the impact the redevelopment would have on both our client and the surrounding Built Environment.
It is of little use objecting on grounds that do not hold any weight in planning terms; the Council can only make decisions considering those points relevant to planning.
Is the proposal being considered adjacent to a Listed Building or is it within a designated area, these are some of the material considerations a Local Authority would have. They will take into account the loss of privacy or the effects on the amenity to the surrounding residents. Scale, massing and layout can also be discussed, is the scheme likely to cause highways issues or create noise and disturbance.
Is the proposal an overdevelopment of the site, or has a building/s being considered been thought about with respect to the surrounding area, this can hold greater weight if the proposal is within a Conservation Area or adjacent to a specially protected area under planning control, an example could be a Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Even if the Local Authority has no grounds to refuse a proposal, we can often negotiate a better outcome for the adjoining dwellings by considering and asking the Local Authority to consider the quiet enjoyment of the neighbouring occupiers.
Most planning decisions are made by the Planning Officers (delegated decision) so it is important to put a clear objection forward for consideration. It may be possible to contact a Local Ward Councillor to see if they would ask if the application could be referred to committee, this may still require the approval of the Chairman of Development Control but can provide an opportunity to address the Planning Committee, to highlight the objections.
With respect to either advice on planning policy, objections to an application or addressing the Development Control Committee we can undertake all these stages on your behalf, please contact us for further information and fee quotes.
"It is of little use objecting on grounds that do not hold any weight in planning terms"