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Commenting on a Planning Application

Planning and tree work applications are usually decided by Borough Council Planning Officers under delegated powers from the Development Control Committee.

Upton Grey Parish Council is a Consultee and does not have the power to make decisions about planning or tree work applications. Planning applications in Upton Grey Parish are considered and commented upon by Full Council.

Public comments can be made to the Parish Council either in writing, or by attending the Parish Council meeting where the application is to be discussed, however you should also consider sending your views to the Borough Council who make the decision on an application.

To give you some guidance about what a “relevant planning consideration” is, the following can be taken into account:

  • traffic generation, highway safety and parking
  • overshadowing, overlooking and loss of privacy
  • noise, disturbance or other loss of amenities
  • relevant planning policies
  • effect on trees
  • design eg. height/bulk/position of buildings, appearance, effect on surrounding area
  • inadequate landscaping/means of enclosure 

The following matters are not normally issues which planning can take into account:

  • loss of property value
  • issues of market competition
  • loss of a view
  • the applicant’s motives, character or personal circumstances
  • matters covered by other legislation, including restrictive covenants on land
  • issues relating to land ownership/property boundaries, including the need to access land to undertake development
  • moral or religious issues
  • issuing relating to the construction of a development
  • the reasons why a developer is making the application or their activities elsewhere