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In giving your views you should concentrate on relevant planning matters. It is important to remember that when we make a decision on an application, we can only consider those comments that are planning considerations (see below).

The main issue for us is whether the proposed development of the site is acceptable in planning terms and is in the public interest. Planning applications are judged against the policies in:

  • the Adopted Local Plan (Development Plan)
  • government guidance
  • other material considerations.

We have to consider the effect the proposal might have on others, and on other interests, such as the amenity of residents, the countryside, road safety, buildings or places of historic or architectural importance, and a wide variety of other matters relating to the environment.

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, for example height/bulk/position of buildings, appearance, effect on surrounding area
  • inadequate landscaping/means of enclosure

These matters are not normally issues which can be taken into account:

  1. loss of property value
  2. issues of market competition
  3. loss of a view
  4. the applicant's motives, character or personal circumstances
  5. matters covered by other legislation, including restrictive covenants on land
  6. issues relating to land ownership/property boundaries, including the need to access land to undertake development
  7. moral or religious issues
  8. issues relating to the construction of a development
  9. the reasons why a developer is making the application or their activities elsewhere