Having sat on the Worthing Borough Council Planning Committee since May this year, I thought I would share with you some of the most common planning questions and concerns that I receive from residents.
There appears to be confusion on what grounds you can object to a planning application. Grounds for objecting are, in planning jargon, called Material Planning Considerations. To learn about Material Planning Considerations, you can download this document: Material-Planning-Considerations.
In the last week I have received numerous calls from residents who are not happy about St Andrews School applying to replace a hut with a two storey Performing Arts building. Some neighbours are concerned about the reduction of daylight and increased noise levels which are Material Planning Considerations. Concerned residents should have written their objection letters before the deadline date which is today.
Unfortunately some residents have left it until today to raise concerns and now are too busy to write in. The said application in this case can be found by clicking here. It is clear that the publication consultation period began on 4th September which is when notification letters would have been sent to neighbours.
IMPORTANT: Every planning application submitted to a local authority must undergo a period of public consultation which varies in length between three and eight weeks. If you receive a letter alerting you to a planning application that may affect you, please respond to it sooner rather than later as it won’t go away. Leaving it until the last day to object only increases stress levels.
If circumstances don’t leave you any other option but to object on the deadline day, it is best to email your objection, clearly quoting the planning application reference. The email address will be shown at the top of the application page or on your notification letter.
If you are concerned about a Worthing Borough Council planning application that you think may affect you, go to the Worthing Borough Council Planning website. If if you wish to comment of a West Sussex County Council application, go to the West Sussex County Council planning website. Always check the deadline date for objections.
You can also find some good planning advice at the Planning Portal.
It is really upsetting to receive calls from distressed residents so I hope the above advice on Material Planning Considerations and Objection Deadlines helps to reduce future misunderstandings. Please do feel free to share this if you find it useful.