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What comments can be taken into consideration in determining a planning application?

Only comments which relate to material planning considerations can be taken into account in the determination of a planning application.  These include (but are not limited to) issues such as:

  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
  • Loss of light or overshadowing
  • Parking
  • Highway safety
  • Traffic
  • Noise
  • Effect on listed building and/or conservation area
  • Layout and density of development
  • Design, appearance and materials
  • Government policy
  • Policies in the Development plan
  • Proposals in the Development Plan
  • Disabled persons' access
  • Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)
  • Nature conservation
  • Infrastructure capacity – i.e. school and doctors places

The following issues would not be considered material planning considerations: 

  • Loss of view
  • Effect on the value of properties
  • Loss of private/acquired rights to light
  • Boundary disputes and private land ownership issues
  • Legal covenants
  • Private rights of access