A BRIEF GUIDE TO PLANNING
The local planning authority Wiltshire Council notifies all planning applications that affect the Parish Council for their consideration and comment.
Chitterne Parish Council, as a statutory consultee of Wiltshire Council is then asked to comment on all planning applications within the Parish.
The Parish Council is consulted for its local knowledge but does not determine a Planning Application, we are a statutory consultee.
This is the role of the planning committee at Wiltshire Council made up of Councillors or sometimes by the planning officers using delegated powers. Their decisions are based upon Planning Policies set out in the Local Plan, Planning Policy Statements (PPS) and Government Guidance.
Wiltshire Council must take into account, but not necessarily follow, the views or recommendations of the Parish Council.
The Parish Council's comments upon individual planning applications considered at meetings are normally included in their minutes which are available on the Documentation page.
The Parish Council has the right (separate from supporters & objectors) to speak at the planning meetings if they feel strongly enough about a particular development
How do I view the plans?
Details of planning applications affecting a property are posted up in public by the planning authority close to that property.
Full details of planning applications also appear on Wiltshire Council web site, and you can also make comments on applications through this site.
Online through the Wiltshire Council planning website http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planninganddevelopment.htm
At local libraries or Wiltshire Council local offices
Wiltshire Council Planning Search Portal https://planning.wiltshire.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/Home.aspx
What do I do if I have an interest or want to object to a Planning Application?
First you must view the plans and supporting documentation.
If you wish to object you must write to, or email Wiltshire Council and send a copy to the Parish Clerk so that we are aware of your views.
Wiltshire Council have provided some guidance on commenting on applications and this PDF document is available on their website. http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planninganddevelopment.htm
Updated versions may also be on the Wiltshire Council website.
If you need help contact Wiltshire Council who can advise you of relevant procedures.
Unless you have valid planning reasons, your letter will be wasted.
Listed below are reasons for objecting to a particular application:
Things which are not normally planning considerations include:
The examples listed above are definitive but not comprehensive and are a guide to assist in the preparation of letters or statements of support or opposition.
The following website has more information and guidance on planning applications - www.cpre.org.uk
If you do wish to object there is a lot of excellent guidance on the internet. Some from specific website and some in the form of booklets.
Here is an example. HowtoobjecttoaplanningapplicationEbook.pdf
You may also make comment to the Parish Council at the appropriate meeting, but the Council is not obliged to pass on any such comments to the planning authority.
The Parish Clerk will be able to tell you when a particular application is due to come before the Parish Council.