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What Is A Planning Consideration?

Should you wish to comment on a current planning application, the following lists shows other considerations that will and will not normally be taken into account when considering a planning application


What is normally taken into account?                               

  • Relevant policies                                                             
  • Overshadowing/Loss of light
  • Overlooking/Loss of privacy
  • Scale/Size
  • Design/Appearance/Materials/Layout
  • Dominance
  • Highway/Pedestrian safety issues
  • Traffic generation
  • Site history
  • Noise/Disturbance/Smells
  • Local character
  • Conservation (historic buildings)
  • Loss of important open spaces
  • Drainage issues
  • Wildlife (particularly protected species such as bats or newts)
  • Landscaping and trees
  • Loss of important physical features
  • Potential conditions 


What is not normally taken into account?

  • Impact on property values
  • Private property issues such as boundary dispute, access rights, damage caused to your property by a third property
  • Matters covered by other legislation such as Licensing or Building Regulations
  • The perceived morals/future intentions of developers
  • Loss of a view
  • Competition (ie new competitor business starting up)



The above lists are by no means exhaustive but give an overview of the types of issues that would normally or not normally be considered.



All comments are placed on the council's website and are open to public inspection. Please note that planning application files are a public document and in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct any letters submitted in respect of a proposal will become available for inspection by any interested persons, including members of the public and the applicant.   You are asked not to sign your representation. Your comments are published in full this includes your name and address. We only redact the following personal contact details signatures, telephone numbers and emails addresses.  All other information will be published unless clearly requested at the beginning of your correspondence.  Please ensure your comments do not contain any personal details or defamatory remarks.