IF YOU ARE MAKING A PLANNING APPLICATION
If you are thinking of submitting a planning application please visit the Government’s Planning Portal. This interactive guide gives information and advice on planning and building regulations and you can find links to application forms etc. You can also find information from Sedgemoor here.
Please note that if you live in a Listed Building or in the Conservation area you will almost always need planning permission and should contact Sedgemoor District Council. Their guide is available: "Living in a Conservation Area".
You are advised to speak to your neighbours at an early stage, to let them know what you intend to do – it is easier to iron out problems before you make your application than to have it refused because of objections later on.
ROLE OF THE PARISH COUNCIL IN PLANNING APPLICATIONS
The Parish Council is notified of all planning applications (other than those which are covered by permitted development) and is normally given 21 days to comment on applications. The District Council must take the Parish Council’s comments into account when determining an application, but please note that the final decision rests with Sedgemoor District Council and they are not bound to accept the Parish Council’s recommendations.
Applications are usually considered at the regular Parish Council meeting but on some occasions a separate Planning Committee meeting may be held.
All members of the Parish Council sit on the Planning Committee. This is to ensure that there are sufficient members available who have no personal or financial interests in an application. All such meetings are open to the public. Details of meetings are posted on the village notice boards and this website in the usual way.
A few minor applications are considered by e-mail consultation among Councillors – this is usually for maintenance work to trees in the Conservation Area.
A Parish Councillor will usually make a site visit (with at least one other Councillor where possible) before the meeting and, (if he feels it is necessary), will try to contact neighbouring residents.
The Parish Council will take into account the report from the Councillor who made the site visit and will note any objections raised by residents. The Parish Council will then consider its formal response to Sedgemoor.
In commenting on planning applications the Parish Council can only consider relevant planning issues. Valid planning grounds include:
- Traffic Generation and Road Safety;
- The impact of the building on its neighbours, for example through overshadowing, overlooking, loss of privacy;
- The scale of development;
- Effect on Landscape;
- Compliance with national, regional and local planning policy and guidance;
- The impact upon the character and appearance of the area or street including the appropriateness of design, materials, landscaping, etc;
- Other environmental issues, such as noise.
The following are not valid grounds on which the Parish Council may object to an application:
- Impact of development on property values and other personal interests;
- The potential for disruption during construction;
- Maintenance of a view from a private property;
- Civil matters such as ownership;
- Private rights of way and restrictive covenants;
- Private property rights such as boundary or access disputes;
- The fact that the development may have already begun;
- Possible future development not included in the application;
- The morals or motives of the developer;
If the Parish Council recommends an application is granted consent, they may also suggest limitations or conditions that should be imposed, though again, Sedgemoor are not bound to accept them.
The Parish Council is not consulted on road works or road closures.
COMMENTING ON A PLANNING APPLICATION
You can send your comments on an application direct to Sedgemoor District Council through the Sedgemoor Planning Online site. A helpful guide produced by Sedgemoor District Council is available here.
It is helpful if you copy your comments to the Clerk (at firstname.lastname@example.org) who will ensure that Councillors are aware of your views before they decide on the Parish Council's formal response. Comments must be received by the noon on the day before the meeting to be certain Councillors have time to see them. Comments received after this will be too late to be considered. You can, of course, make your comments in person at the meeting at which the application is considered.
RECENT PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Below are details of the latest few planning applications received at Sedgemoor District Council which have been notified to the Parish Council for comment. Future applications will be considered at the meeting on the date shown – where the meeting has been held, the Parish Council’s recommendation is shown - this is changed to Sedgemoor's final decision when it is known. A full list of applications is available for the years 2014-2017:
The full application documentation can be viewed online at Sedgemoor District Council's planning site at Sedgemoor Planning Online and entering the application number and you can make any comments on an application directly from there. You can also view the applications at the Parish Office by appointment – copies can be printed (a charge is payable).
|Ref no||Date||Address||Description||Decision/ meeting|
|/00018||02-Oct||1 Stowey Cottages, St Mary St||Replacement of upper staircase to second floor, other minor internal alterations||9 Oct|
|/00016||05-Sep||16 Castle Street||Trim regrowth of eucalyptus ie; reduce crown height and spread up to a maximum of 1m||11 Sept|
|/00015||16-Aug||5 Pooles Close||Erection of a single storey extension to front (NW) elevation to form porch and to rear (SE) elevation, on site of existing conservatory (to be demolished).||Granted (D)|
|/00014||10-Aug||Stowey Brooke House, Castle Street||Relaying on main roof tiles, removal of C20th annexe courtyard roof and garage wall and insertion of new windows and doors, alterations to utility room roof pitch, replacement of flat roof with leadwork, repairs to conservatory roof, replacement windows & doors, alterations to garden room fenestration, change of render colour, relocation of courtyard gates, replacement of courtyard tarmac with gravel and structural repairs to west end front roof.||Granted (D)|
|/00012||04-Jul||Castle Hill House, Castle Hill||Ilex Oak (T1): Crown reduce by 3-4m spread and 2-3m height.||Granted (D)|