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Getting more involved

Not everyone has the time or expertise to get deeply involved in planning applications.  But we've worked with a wide range of residents over the years and we've learnt that some residents who are deeply affected, really need to know more detail. This page is for you.

Here are some further tips about exploring large planning applications and how to approach objecting to planning applications:

  • Visit the Council website, or pop into the Town Hall, and get a copy of the plans. It is virtually impossible to provide accurate comments without knowing exactly what is proposed. If the plans are difficult to understand, ask for assistance from the duty planner.

  • Look into the Council’s planning policies. There can be a confusingly large number of policy documents so give the case officer a ring and ask which policies/documents are most relevant. Refer to the policies in your comments – it will give them significantly more weight.

  • Think carefully about what bothers you about the proposed development. Avoid a knee-jerk response. Do not attempt to think of every conceivable objection and pour everything into a single response. Think carefully about what the specific impact will be on you and your property, and express that as clearly as you can. Thoughtful, considered and specific objections are much more likely to get the officer’s attention.

  • Don’t get angry or personal and stick to the relevant facts.

  • There are a number of things which cannot be taken into account - see this list.

  • There are a wide variety of things that can be considered. For new buildings, the most important things are its design and appearance (does it fit in with the rest of the street?) and its impact on neighbours in terms of loss of light, privacy and outlook. Other common issues are the quality of accommodation provided and impacts in terms of parking.

And remember - if you do have expertise that you can share with us, please get in touch.

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