Planning permission

What are the criteria for consulting local people over planning applications?

When there were major works to build a new apartment block (9 apartments) just across the road, we were not even notified, let alone consulted.  On other occasions they’ve gone through the motions but avoided the risk of getting real feedback from the public.  On other occasions, they’ve just pinned up a little notice.

Today I got a real, physical letter from the council.  I’m being consulted, and there’s nothing in there that smells of evasion!

So what is the subject of this consultation?  It’s an application from next-door-but-one to install a dormer window.  About as trivial a change as anyone could ask for!  Perhaps it’s just the major works they avoid asking us about?

Anyway, if the neighbours want a dormer window, that’s fine by me.  I might put in a polite request that their builders not inflict a ghetto-blaster on the neighbourhood, but I think that’s better done by a friendly word with the neighbour than through a bureaucratic planning process.

I had an idea the current government was talking about relaxing some of the red tape on planning.  I hope this kind of nonsense is what they mean!

Posted on January 7, 2011, in houses, tavistock, uk. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Your experience figures. Since we came to our current house (9 years ago) we have had a letter once, regarding a neighbour applying for permission to erect a TV-aerial!!!
    We have also seen a note posted on a gatepost about another neighbour applying for permission to make a small extension to his house! Both quite innoccuous and reasonable things to do. On the other hand, a house, across the wall opposite changed hands, a lot of work was done on it; roof, new windows, total refurbishment indoors, garden fence and gates etc. and then it opened as a day-nursery for preschool children. A change of use that has changed one’s quality of life – those kids may be small but they do manage a lot of noise!! They have put a stop to enjoying a quite read on our front balcony in the afternoon – and more. In other words, a real nuisance was created!
    You wonder whose palm was greased.

  2. http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/planningsystem/havingyoursay/applications says “the local planning authority will post notices near the site and/or write letters to those closest to the proposed development, inviting comments. Larger developments will also be advertised in a local newspaper. In some cases, local authorities also keep local civic and environment societies informed of all applications in the area.”

    I’m not going to dig into the legislation, but that’s also linked from the planning portal if you want the exact requirements. Note that if you’re not the developer, you don’t have a right of appeal. You can only complain to the ombudsman, which I don’t think will solve anything.

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