WYCOMBE DISTRICT COUNCIL HOW TO HAVE YOUR SAY… Wycombe District Council are committed to listening to your views on planning applications. A guide to anyone who would like to: Find out about new planning applications How to Comment on a planning application What happens when comments are received How the Council reaches a decision What happens once a decision is made What happens if the applicant appeals How can I find out about new planning applications? A letter will be sent to the properties adjoining an application site and a planning officer will also notify the properties most affected by the proposal. The notification invites you to view the application and make comments. Some applications are advertised by the displaying of a ‘Site Notice’ near the application site and are also advertised in the ‘Bucks Free Press’ every Friday. All planning applications are available to be viewed at the Council offices and electronic versions are available at our area offices in Marlow and Princes Risborough. For applications outside of High Wycombe Town and Parish Councils have local viewing arrangements, please telephone the Parish Council to check on availability. All planning applications and their related documents are available to be viewed on our website, please click here. How do I comment? As we receive hundreds of comments on applications each year it is not possible to acknowledge receipt or respond to your comments directly. You can submit comments on planning applications using the ‘Public Access for Planning’ facility on our website, by email to email@example.com or in writing. Please note if your comments are submitted by post, you must quote the planning application reference number, the case officer and your name and address. Any letter, site notice or newspaper advertisement will set a deadline date for comments to be received. If your comments are received after this deadline you may have missed the opportunity to have your comments taken into consideration. If a lot of people have a similar view to you, you may organise a petition. These should be arranged in a clear manner stating names, addresses and the objections/supporting comments of those signing it. It is better to have a short petition from residents who will be affected by the application than a long petition signed by people who live far away from the affected area or will not be affected by the proposal. What can my comments be about? We can only take into account material planning considerations, if you would like us to check if your concerns are relevant please contact us. Matters which can be taken into Matters which cannot normally account, although the list is not be taken into account: exhaustive. Loss of privacy Loss of value to property Loss of light Loss of view Car parking Personal disagreements Traffic generation Boundary disputes Noise and disturbance Covenants Character of the area Commercial competition Green Belt Construction Disturbance Conservation Area Sunday trading Design, appearance and layout Matters controlled under other legislation such as Building National and local policies Regulations What happens when I comment? All comments received will form part of a public document which will be available for public inspection, therefore do not supply details you do not want published. All comments will be filed on the application file and be available for public viewing as well as being available on the internet. All comments received within the statutory time limit are taken into consideration when determining an application. Where appropriate, we may seek amendments to the application to overcome concerns. If there are significant amendments to the application, we will notify you again and give you another opportunity to comment. We can inform you of the decision of the application, to enable us to do this, please send a self addressed envelope. How will the Council reach a decision? Most applications are decided under delegated powers, although some applications may be decided by a panel of Councillors at a Development Control Committee meeting held every fourth Wednesday at 6pm. Please see the Public Speaking advice note, available here What happens once a decision is made? Once a decision is made the Decision Notice will be placed on the application file and available to view both in office and on our website at www.wycombe.gov.uk, or if a self addresses envelope was received a copy of the decision will be posted to you. If permission is granted… A planning permission may include conditions such as hours of operation or restrictions on adding openings to an elevation. Objectors have no legal right to appeal against the Council’s decision. But if you are unhappy with the way the Council has arrived at a decision, you can complain, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. If you are still unsatisfied, you can contact the Local Government Ombudsman on 0845 602 1983. If permission is refused…. Applicants can either re-apply for planning permission with an alternative scheme, or they can appeal against the refusal, for further information on the appeal process, please visit the Planning Inspectoarate’s website by clicking here. What if the applicant appeals? The applicant has six months from the date of decision to appeal against a refusal or against conditions imposed on permission. We will consult you if an appeal is made and you can write to the Inspectorate with your comments. If the appeal is allowed, the Council’s decision could be overturned and conditions replaced or removed. However, if the appeal is dismissed, the Council’s decision remains the same but the applicant is still free to re-apply for permission with an altered proposal.