What is a valid objection to a planning application?

With reference to CH/2014/1242/OA

Following last night’s GMPC Planning meeting at the Parish Office, Mark Cunnane’s kindly supplied us with a copy of some useful notes on this subject:.  He ran out of copies to hand out last night and so asked PVA to put them on-line:

Chiltern District Council can only take into account ‘material planning considerations’ when looking at your comments.  The most common of these (although not an exhaustive list) are shown below:

Reasons:

Loss of light or overshadowing; Overlooking/loss of privacy; Visual amenity (but not loss of private view); Adequacy of parking/loading/turning; Highway safety; Traffic generation; Noise and disturbance resulting from use; Hazardous materials; Smells; Loss of trees; Effect on listed building and conservation area; Layout and density of building; Design, appearance and materials; Landscaping; Road access; Local, strategic, regional and national planning policies; Government circulars, orders and statutory instruments; Disabled persons’ access; Compensation and awards of costs against the Council at public enquiries; Proposals in the Development Plan; Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions); Nature conservation; Archaeology; Solar panels.

What cannot be taken into account are matters which are sometimes raised but are not normally planning considerations such as:

The perceived loss of property value; Private disputes between neighbours; The loss of a view; The impact of construction work or competition between firms; Restrictive covenants; Ownership disputes over rights of way; Fence lines etc; Personal morals or views about the applicant.

Please note:  it is important to understand that the material considerations relevant to any particular application will need to be weighed in the final decision process according to their seriousness and relative importance.

There’s also a useful section on the CDC website on Commenting on Planning Applications – : http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/article/2520/Commenting-on-Planning-Applications

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