Be aware that the planning process is set by central government and is not necessarily a local democratic process. No matter how many residents object, if the developer correctly follows the planning process guidelines then the local planning authority (LPA); in this case Reading Borough Council; must give permission. If the LPA refuses permission the developer can take their case to the Secretary of State who orders an inquiry. If the LPA is overruled by the Inquiry Inspector then RBC has to pay costs (i.e. local taxpayers’ money goes to line the developer’s pockets).
Commenting on a planning application:
The more residents who contact their councillor the more likely he is to call-in the application to the Planning Applications Committee.
If you have really strong objections and a good case it is well worth paying the Planning Officer a visit in person.
Planning Applications Committee:
Reasons which might be considered grounds for refusal:
Reasons not valid for a refusal:
Other matters that might affect the Council's decision:
· Government planning policy:
· Regional Planning Guidance, Circulars and Planning Policy Guidance.
· Reading Borough Council policy:
· Statutory Development Plan - comprising the Reading Borough Local Plan, Berkshire Structure Plan, and Waste & Minerals Local Plans
· Supplementary Planning Guidance - e.g. Planning briefs for individual sites, and guidance on space and parking standards.
· Special provisions applying to historic "listed" buildings and to Conservation Areas.
Note that all comments are available for inspection by members of the public, including the developer.
After the LPA decision is made:
If it is refused, the developer can appeal to the Secretary of State against the refusal or against conditions imposed on a permission. The Council's decision can be overturned, or conditions replaced or removed. The developer can resubmit modified applications as often as they want, each time addressing issues raised by objectors or the LPA.
Emmer Green Residents’ Association will support residents’ objections if there are at least a dozen nearby householders objecting. The Association will not support objections against one-off dwelling proposals, or to proposals to build extensions. The Association will submit objections, regardless of other objectors, if a proposal will have a general adverse impact on Emmer Green. If there is sufficient interest in a particular locality, you may wish to set up your own local action group. For further advice on this guidance generally, please contact a committee member.