Planning legislation requires the council to publish the details of certain Planning Applications in the local press.
This is one of the measures used to try and alert residents and others within the local community to the proposal. The notification also advises the reader how to make a representation to the council before the application is determined.
Those wishing to comment on an application should be aware that the case officer is required by law to consider only ‘planning issues,’ also known as ‘material considerations’ when assessing a planning application and coming to a recommendation.
Consequently any comments submitted should also relate to these planning issues if they are to be taken into consideration. Common examples of planning issues include (but are not limited too):
- National and local planning policies (Core Strategy)
- The impact of a proposal on neighbouring properties through for example loss of light, overbearing, overshadowing, noise, disturbance, overlooking or adverse surroundings;
- Impact of a development on the character of an area for example through design, materials, layout, loss of trees/vegetation etc.;
- Highway matters, for example access, parking and highway safety;
- Impact of a development on the setting of Heritage Assets (including Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings, Archaeology, Scheduled Ancient Monuments etc.);
- History of the site/ previous planning decisions including any appeal decisions (recent and directly relevant to the proposal);
- Flooding and Flood Risk; Loss of a business/community use; Ecological Matters; and Provision of garden/amenity for future occupiers.
The council’s policies which determine how it delivers its services to the communities of south Warwickshire are decided by 36 councillors, each of whom is elected every four years.
Incidentally, the council often gets asked why there is a difference in using the terms ‘Stratford-on-Avon’ and ‘Stratford-upon-Avon’.
Anything to do with the town of Stratford is always referred to as Stratford-upon-Avon.
However, as a district council, we cover a much larger area than the town itself, but did not want to lose the instantly recognised tag of Stratford, so anything to do with the district is referred to as Stratford-on-Avon.