Last edited 14 Mar 2018

Planning objection

When a planning application is submitted to a local planning authority, there must be a public consultation period of three to eight weeks to give people affected by the application the opportunity to comment, either supporting the application or objecting to it. When groups of people work together to prepare their comments, they will have a much greater chance of influencing the decision that the local planning authority reaches.

It is very important that the application is read properly before commenting and that comments are restricted to material considerations. It is common for people to object to planning applications citing grounds that are not valid. The local planning authority will not be able to take these objections into account when reaching their decision. However, as responsibility for dealing with planning applications has been delegated to local authorities, valid reasons for objection vary from one authority to another and there is no central, comprehensive list of valid objections.

A list of objections that will generally be accepted is presented below. This is followed by objections that are commonly made but are generally not accepted.

Objections that are generally valid include:

Objections that are generally not valid include:

  • Building regulations issues.
  • Private issues such as boundary disputes.
  • Reduction in the value of properties affected by the proposed development.
  • Impacts resulting from the construction of the development.
  • Loss of existing views.
  • The possibility of the proposed development causing problems in the future.
  • The personal or business circumstances of the applicant
  • Problems with notification of the application.
  • Competition with existing companies.

Most planning applications are decided by Senior Planning Officers under delegated authority, however if a planning application is considered at a planning committee meeting, people that objected to the application should be invited to attend. A representative of those objecting may be permitted to make a short presentation to the committee.

If the applicant appeals against the decision there should be a further opportunity to object.

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