Objecting to a planning application/permission
Objecting to a planning application/permission

The following Planning practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Objecting to a planning application/permission
  • Pre-application—finding out about proposals
  • Examining the planning application once submitted for purposes of making a planning objection
  • Drafting letter of objection to planning application
  • Planning officer's report
  • Speaking at a planning committee meeting
  • After planning permission has been granted—rights to appeal and challenge
  • Delaying strategies—call-in

Pre-application—finding out about proposals

Before a planning application is submitted, an objector can find out more about a development proposal by:

  1. checking the online planning register of the relevant local planning authority (LPA). Most online planning registers can be searched using a property address, and many LPAs keep details of pre-application discussions with developers on their planning register. Such details may reveal what is proposed for a site, at what stage a proposal is, and the details of the developer. The planning register may also contain previous applications made for the site—sometimes this can include useful information on why previously development was considered unacceptable/acceptable on the site in question

  1. making a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and/or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, SI 2004/3391 in respect of the proposal. This may reveal discussions and correspondence which could be useful in preparing an objection. See: Freedom of information—overview and Environmental information regulation—overview.

Examining the planning application once submitted for purposes of making a planning objection

A planning application is 'validated' on the day that the LPA records it on the planning register, having checked that it applies with all requirements of a valid application. Objectors then have a period of time within which to lodge an objection: this will be specified by the LPA. In preparing the objection, it may be helpful to:

  1. check the

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