Comment on Applications
How to tell us what you think about a planning application
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Your views are important to us when we look at planning applications. We take a lot of trouble to consult people directly affected by a proposal see how we publicise applications here. It does not matter whether you are objecting to or supporting a particular application.
Any comments must be related to planning issues, so this page is a short guide to what to think about when you contact us with your views.
When we consider an application we look at the proposal itself and what are called “other material considerations" directly related to the use and development of land.
Some examples of "material considerations" are:
- The Council's policies, as set out in the Local Plan, Local Development Framework (LDF), and Supplementary Planning Guidance.
- Government policy, as expressed in Planning Policy Statements, Guidance notes and circulars.
- The planning history of the site - the existing uses, and what has been permitted or refused previously.
- The design and appearance of the proposed development, and how it would fit in with the character of the area.
- The number of dwellings, and how they are arranged on the site.
- Parking, access and highway safety.
- Overlooking and loss of privacy or loss of daylight/sunlight as a result of the development.
- The protection of the countryside, its character and appearance.
- The protection of listed buildings, conservation areas and archaeological remains.
- Control of pollution and noise.
This is not a full list and every application is different, but these are serious issues on which we wish to hear from you.
On the other hand, the following are generally NOT material considerations:
- Loss of financial value of a property as a result of a development.
- Increased competition to individual businesses.
- The personal circumstances of the applicant. This can be a material consideration, but is generally given little weight.
- Matters covered by other legislation, such as the Building Regulations.
- Who is intended to occupy the proposed development?
- The race, creed or colour of the applicant.
- Private property rights (e.g. boundary or access disputes, restrictive covenants).
- Whether an application is for retrospective permission.
- The applicant's morals or motives or past record.
- Possible future development - we have to consider the application before us, not what might be applied for in the future.
- Loss of view over other people's land.
- How long a person has lived in the village or street.
You should also bear in mind that:
- Planning application files are open to public inspection, so your comments may be seen by other people, including the applicant.
- Defamatory comments could leave you open to legal action.
- The Council will disregard any racist comments.
- Anonymous letters will be disregarded.
- In order for your comments to be considered we need to receive them before the deadline set out in the notification letter, site notice or press advertisement. We will still consider comments received after the deadline, provided that the decision has not already been taken.
If you want to comment on a planning application, you could do this in writing or via e-mail:
South Northamptonshire Council
Note: Remember to include the planning application reference number and the address of the proposed site, together with your name and address. All comments on planning grounds received before the decision is taken will be fully considered.
Please note that if you comment on an application that has not been made to South Northamptonshire Council but which this council has been consulted on (i.e the application reference number has a PC, PCC, CW or NA suffix) this Council is not the decision-making body in this instance. We will in these cases forward your representation to the relevant Local Planning Authority so they may be able to take it into account when making a decision.