Manchester City Council

Councillor Sheila Newman

Our sympathies are with the family and friends of Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member for Children’s Services and current Lady Mayoress of Manchester, who passed away on Sunday.

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Planning & regeneration Commenting on planning applications

Issues we can consider

We can only consider certain matters when determining a planning application. These are land use issues that will vary according to the application being decided, but may include:

  • The council's planning policies
  • Central government planning guidance
  • The size, appearance, layout and density of the proposed development
  • Daylight, sunlight and overshadowing
  • Overlooking or loss of privacy
  • Means of access, parking, servicing, traffic generation, highway safety
  • Impact on landscape and ecological habitats
  • Crime prevention and community safety
  • Effect on listed buildings, conservation areas and archaeology
  • Noise and disturbance
  • Air quality and odours
  • Ground contamination
  • Flood risk
  • Renewable energy, sustainability of proposed development

 We cannot consider a number of things in coming to our decision, these include:

  • Private property matters such as
    • boundary and access disputes
    • right to light
    • restrictive covenants
    • capacity of private drains
    • damage to property during construction 
  • Effects on property value
  • Trade competition or loss of business
  • Loss of view
  • Building Regulations matters such as structural safety and fire prevention and matters covered by other laws such as alcohol or gaming licences
  • The applicant's personal conduct, history or motives

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