M20243 - Chance to Comment

M20243 - Chance to Comment

-

English
2 Pages
Read
Download
Downloading requires you to have access to the YouScribe library
Learn all about the services we offer

Description

EnvironmentM20243Development ControlWhat happens to my letter? Can I appeal againstIf you comment, please make sure we receive your letterthe Council’s decision?by the deadline given as it will not usually be possible toWhen the Council approves an application, neighboursconsider objections received after this date. We will notPlanning Applicationswho have objected do not have a right of appeal. If younormally write to you again, unless the scheme is changedthink the Council did not consider your comments fairlysignificantly, until after the decision has been made, toyou should write to the Head of Planning and Transport orinform you of the decision. If you wish your letter to becontact your local Councillor who will look into youracknowledged, please include a stamped addressedcomplaint. If you are still dissatisfied you can considerenvelope. Your letter will be placed on the Council’s filecomplaining to the independent Local Government Yourand must be available for anyone (including the applicant)to see. If the application is considered by the Development Ombudsman. The Ombudsman cannot question what aControl Committee the contents of your letter will be Council has done just because someone does not agreesummarised.with the Council. There must be a complaint thatChance tosomething went wrong, causing injustice to the personHow is the decision made?who has complained. A leaflet giving more informationThe sites of all planning applications ...

Subjects

Informations

Published by
Reads 14
Language English
Report a problem
Environment
Development Control
Planning Applications
Your
Chance to
Comment
M20243
What happens to my letter?
If you comment, please make sure we receive your letter
by the deadline given as it will not usually be possible to
consider objections received after this date. We will not
normally write to you again, unless the scheme is changed
significantly, until after the decision has been made, to
inform you of the decision. If you wish your letter to be
acknowledged, please include a stamped addressed
envelope. Your letter will be placed on the Council’s file
and
must be available for anyone (including the applicant)
to see. If the application is considered by the Development
Control Committee the contents of your letter will be
summarised.
How is the decision made?
The sites of all planning applications are visited by a
Planning Officer. Decisions on most applications can be
made by the Council’s Senior Planning Officers. The
Development Control Committee, made up of elected
Councillors, decide on the very major and most
controversial planning applications after considering a
written report and recommendation. The report contains a
summary of any objections and will always try to be fair to
both the applicant and any objectors.
Development Control Committee meetings are open to the
public and take place 15 times a year on a Wednesday
evening. Copies of the Agenda, which includes the reports
on all applications to be considered, can be seen at the
Council Offices five days before the meeting. Contact the
Council’s Committee Section (Telephone number 252596)
for further information about committee procedures.
The Council is required to deal with most applications
within eight weeks unless the applicant agrees to a longer
period. Applicants sometimes discuss proposals with the
Council’s Planning Officers. This can result in proposals
being changed to make them more acceptable.
Unacceptable proposals are often not pursued because of
pre-application advice. About 85 per cent of the planning
applications submitted to the Council are approved.
Can I appeal against
the Council’s decision?
When the Council approves an application, neighbours
who have objected do not have a right of appeal. If you
think the Council did not consider your comments fairly
you should write to the Head of Planning and Transport or
contact your local Councillor who will look into your
complaint. If you are still dissatisfied you can consider
complaining to the independent Local Government
Ombudsman. The Ombudsman cannot question what a
Council has done just because someone does not agree
with the Council. There must be a complaint that
something went wrong, causing injustice to the person
who has complained. A leaflet giving more information
about the Ombudsman is available from Planning Enquiry
staff.
If the Council refuses an application, the applicant has the
right to appeal to the Independent Planning Inspectorate. If
an appeal is lodged we will notify you again.
Where and how
can I find out more?
Copies of the submitted applications can be seen at the
Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes
(near the Library opposite the Shopping Building) between
9.00am and 5.15pm, Mondays to Fridays. Please go to the
Main Reception desk on the Ground floor. If you require
further advice ask the staff on duty (telephone number
252358). Alternatively you can telephone the planning
officer dealing with the application. Their name and
telephone number are given on the Council’s neighbour
notification letter.
PUBLISHED BY THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT
Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3ZJ
Introduction
This leaflet answers 10 questions commonly asked by
people who want to comment on a planning application. It
explains how to make your views known, the sorts of
concerns which the Council can and cannot take into
account, and how decisions on planning applications are
made.
When will I be told
about Planning Applications?
The Council will tell the occupiers of
adjoining
properties
by letter that a planning application has been submitted. A
period of 21 days is allowed for written comments to be
made before a decision is taken. In the case of major
proposals the Council may notify more widely, or arrange
for a notice to be displayed on the site.
What does the Council
take into account?
In deciding a planning application the Council must
consider two main things:
whether a proposal complies with the planning
policies of the Milton Keynes Local Plan, and the
Buckinghamshire County Structure Plan: and
whether there are any other relevant considerations.
These could include government planning
advice,
previous planning decisions, the views of the public
and a range of technical information.
What can my neighbour do without
needing Planning Permission?
Subject to certain limitations, planning permission is not
required for many small house extensions and other minor
developments. Details of these can be obtained from the
Planning Department. In considering any planning
application the Council will always take into account what
could be built without planning permission.
What kinds of objection
cannot be used to refuse
Planning Permission?
The Council will normally
disregard
the following sorts of
objection because they are not valid planning reasons to
withhold permission:
The personal circumstances, motives or previous
record of the applicant.
The fact that development has started.
Trade objections based on competition.
Moral objections.
Belief that an application has been submitted to
increase the value of the property when sold.
The loss of an attractive view from your house.
The fear that your house may be devalued.
Encroachment of the proposed development onto a
neighbouring property or claims that a proposal may
affect private rights, such as water rights, private rights
of way or
rights to light. These are private matters on
which legal advice may need to be sought.
Concern that a particular proposal may lead to some
other development taking place which is not part of
the application under consideration.
Inconvenience or other problems caused by building
works.
What sort of neighbour comments
can influence the
Council’s decision?
The following examples may be relevant:
The impact of the development on the appearance of
the area or character of a street.
Road safety and parking.
Reduction in the level of daylight and privacy. In order
to justify refusal the affect needs to be significant, not
just the loss of light to secondary windows or
overshadowing of the garden.
The need to safeguard the countryside from harmful
development, preserve or enhance the character of
Historic Buildings and Conservation Areas, and
protect important trees.
Unreasonable noise or disturbance.
How do I make my views known?
Any comments, whether for or against a planning
application, must be in writing. Verbal comments can be
misquoted or misunderstood. All letters must be available
for public inspection. Letters written “in confidence” cannot
be taken into account or reported to the Development
Control Committee.
You may also wish to contact your local Councillor who
can, at their discretion, require that an application be
considered by the Development Control Committee, rather
than be decided by Council officers. The name, address
and telephone number of your Councillor is available from
the Council’s Planning Enquiry Staff (Telephone number
252358).
If the application is very major or controversial and is to be
considered by the Development Control Committee you
may also consider making a request to object in person
before the Development Control Committee.
You must
make this request in writing to the Head of Democratic
Services at the Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central
Milton Keynes, to arrive by noon, at least two clear working
days before the meeting (on the Friday before a meeting
that is usually held on a Wednesday night) at which the
application is to be considered.
For further information,
please see the Council’s leaflet “Having your say at
Development Control Committee Meetings” or contact the
Committee section of the Council (telephone number
252596).