Objections To Planning
Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:00 AM
In a nutshell, I want to object to a plan my neighbour has applied for.
What's the best structure for an objection? Any experts on here?
Not had to do one before and whilst I understand what to write not entirely sure of the structure and what is the right format if any.
Best regards and thanks
Posted 24 August 2019 - 04:31 PM
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Posted 25 August 2019 - 07:57 AM
Here you go all the info you need.
Ive been objecting for the last 7 years with the prat next door, I,m now on first name terms with the planning officers.
Phone them , email them, ask them around for a cup of tea, they are obliged to come and see what is in store and they do (sometimes) give good advice.
Persistance is the key, they are also obliged to answer every query and every call, just dont be a nuisance, but get under their skin.
Failing all of that get the LGO involved and get the council audited for lack of process, it wakes them up big time
Even if the plans are passed you can ask for review after review without any charge...
Take photos all the time and make sure your neighbour has not started any footings of any kind, if he has report him immediately
Posted 25 August 2019 - 06:24 PM
It's a long story but thank you for the reply.
Posted 31 August 2019 - 09:44 AM
I was also sure that once he had it approved and started building, he would then apply for a change on the garage and turn it into a I bed two story flat.
That extent of mass was too much in my view and out of keeping in a relatively built up area. Luckily I have a decent community and I took the plans aruond to all the newighbours, showed them and encouraged them to write or email an objection, 13 people did which was amazing. I advised them on what to complain about so that it was in line with what the planners took into account. I think that helped as the planners rejected it so the developer needed to drop the large garage structure and slightly reduce the size of the semis.
That got approved and I was good with the revised version. Luckily the developer had a very sensitive approach to aesthetics and the design was in keeping with the surrounding Victorian houses. It looks nice and has added to the general area (and also helped to the appeal of his development and value).
My take is:
Developers are only interested in profit, it’s nothing personal. There’s probably not too much point in dialogue with the developer (unless you can come up with a new idea that you like and would also increase the developers gain), just go to the planners.
Involve your neighbours to rally around against it.
Stick to the guidelines on the planning site on what are valid reasons to object and what are not valid e.g. I don’t like the look of it doesn’t work or disruption during the works has no merit.
Patience is important.
Don’t let it consume you or over-obsess (easier said than done) but try to keep perspectives otherwise it eats at you.
In the end as the build was progressing, the developer (in order to make more profit) offered to sell me a 3m wide end bit of land (at an eye watering price and a painfully long negotiation period) but it meant I could build a garage (much smaller than his plan, single story and very in keeping).
It worked out well for all in the end and improved the street, much nicer than the old bungalow.
Best of luck with it and hope it works out well.
Edited by dw1, 31 August 2019 - 09:51 AM.
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