Planning and 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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