Attending Parish Council Planning Committee
Posted 18 October 2015 - 08:07 PM
Posted 18 October 2015 - 08:09 PM
You're not supposed to be allowed to speak, but my experience was that they not only encouraged me to speak, but asked me to provide additional details. We went from a situation where the previous application had 14 points of objection from the Parish Council to having unanimous support for our application. Definitely worth it in my view!
Posted 18 October 2015 - 08:43 PM
Posted 18 October 2015 - 09:05 PM
If you have any additional visual material that isn't in the application, like a good colour view of how the new house will look in the surroundings, then take it along, turn up early and put it on the desk or table in front of the councillors. I had a model of the plot and surrounding area, with our proposal on it, and I was allowed to place this in the centre of the table around which the PC met. This was a tremendous help, as they could see what we were proposing more clearly than they could from the drawings in the application. Like many, Parish Councillors aren't that good at reading drawings and some may not have done their homework before the meeting by reading the application in full. Anything you can do to make things clearer for them at the meeting will probably help.
Posted 18 October 2015 - 09:20 PM
Posted 19 October 2015 - 06:10 AM
At county level, that doesn't take account of, as in your case, the possibility that the applicant may have to travel some considerable distance to attend and won't, unlike the members of the committee (at least at county level) be getting paid for it.
Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:58 AM
It's tonight at 7 so I'll update later
Posted 19 October 2015 - 08:06 AM
Edited by temp, 19 October 2015 - 08:06 AM.
Posted 19 October 2015 - 09:00 AM
Edited by joe90, 19 October 2015 - 09:02 AM.
Posted 19 October 2015 - 10:35 AM
Good luck, and here's a cautionary tale
On balance, I think us attending made the difference between our application being 'called-in' and not.
You see the Parish doesn't like sustainable building, they want stone cladding, not wood cladding, and they want every house to look like every other house because that's what they know.
As for the Parish-Cream-Eyed-Lune who told us she didn't believe that we were only going to have two bedrooms because there was room for 5 cars on the plot.... well now we're bezzy mates
And even if they hate your design your planner could simply demolish their points, like this; read paragraphs 8 and 9
That did me a lot of good. A lot.
Posted 19 October 2015 - 09:18 PM
Absolutely no objections by any of them so a small step in the right direction
Edited by joiner, 20 October 2015 - 05:07 AM.
Posted 20 October 2015 - 05:23 AM
I am one and I've attended a few in other parishes and been truly astonished at the lack of understanding and inability (often obviously down to unwillingness) to debate the merits and demerits of an application. Sometimes that's down to individual prejudice against the individual applicant who doesn't look right and sometimes collective prejudice because no one wants change of any kind, and they're both compounded by ignorance of planning principles, not necessarily planning law, for which there is no excuse because NALC not only produce an extensive range of documents but also offer locally-run courses for parish councils.
But notwithstanding all of that, Parochialism Rules OK.
At county level it's a whole different ball game, but then county (which includes unitary) councillors are paid to be there and paid to learn, they are also in direct contact with planning officers.
Edited by joiner, 20 October 2015 - 05:24 AM.
Posted 20 October 2015 - 06:26 AM
Things I wish I had read....... Excellent resource Joiner, Thanks.
Is there any way of putting these resources somewhere on this server so that everyone has a good chance of finding them?
Posted 20 October 2015 - 08:11 AM
Posted 20 October 2015 - 08:32 AM
Posted 20 October 2015 - 05:12 PM
Edited by joiner, 20 October 2015 - 06:21 PM.
Posted 20 October 2015 - 06:14 PM
The parish councillors all came from the posh end. In response to her issue they conferred and mumbled amongst themselves then turned to this old lady and said "Well our end's OK............moving on!".
Mind you, I've long since moved outside the village and we haven't got gas here. Not enough houses to warrant it or something.
Posted 24 October 2015 - 09:37 AM
Edited by curlewhouse, 24 October 2015 - 09:40 AM.