Write politely to the Chief Planning Officer
1. Check the local plan to see if the proposed development is in line
with local planning strategy. If you think it isn't, point this out.
when you write in:
2. Don't necessarily be against the development itself; be against the
problems that might occur if the development goes ahead. Then object to the
development as it stands because of those potential problems.
3. Stick to the key points of why you object, eg future difficulties in
car parking, potential danger to children from increased traffic. (I've seen
too many rants about future drugs, widespread prostitution, gun crime, end
of the world etc if that house is converted into 2 flats!)
3. Propose some means of achieving the development objective while
overcoming your issues,
eg introduce a parking permit scheme for existing residents; only grant
planning permission for new flats if they don't have right to parking space
(Wandsworth Council do this routinely now for new flat conversions);
introduce traffic calming measures etc. etc.
4. Think about 'planning gain'. The development might be an opportunity
to ask for, say, a local shop to be included in the scheme, or a playground
5. Suggest an archaeological investigation of the proposed development
sites at the developer's expense and get yourself some work!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim P" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2007 12:32 PM
Subject: [BRITARCH] Objecting to Planning Applications
Maybe off topic, but related, I guess.
In July we had news that the Victorian Electricity Works opposite us were
being developed into two 5 storey blocks for 145 apartments.
This morning, we find out another 13 apartments are proposed for another
derelict business opposite.
We alreadly struggle to park outside our house with folk using the road as a
free car park to get to the town centre, 2 minutes away.
With 145 apartments (what's that, 300 people maybe, with a vehicle each),
and then this, the parking and the road will be awful. It's a busy through
route, and on weekday mornings can be congested.
How does one object to a planning application (not having had this sort of
thing happen before).
Replies greatly received,