This is from the National Planning Guidelines

Some comments will not be considered relevant by the planning committee as they will detract from  objections.


Please read these carefully before framing your objection

   The full list of what would detract from an objection

  • The identity of the applicant or occupant

  • Unfair competition

  • Boundary disputes

  • Breach of covenants and personal property rights, including rights of way

  • Loss of a private view

  • Devaluation of property

  • Other financial matters

  • The fact that the applicant does not own the land to which the application relates

  • The fact that an objector is a tenant of land where the development is proposed

  • The developer’s motives, record or reputation

    The useable list

  • Central government policy and guidance - Acts, Circulars, Planning Policy Guidance Notes (PPGs) etc.

  • The Development Plan - and any review of the Development Plan which is underway.

  • Adopted supplementary guidance - for example. village design statements, conservation area appraisals, car parking standards.

  • Replies from statutory and non-statutory agencies (e.g. Environment Agency, Highways Authority).

  • Representations from others - neighbours, amenity groups and other interested parties so long as they relate to land use matters.

  • Effects on an area - this includes the character of an area, availability of infrastructure, density, over-development, layout, position, design and external appearance of buildings and landscaping

  • The need to safeguard valuable resources such as good farmland or mineral reserves.

  • Highway safety issues - such as traffic generation, road capacity, means of access, visibility, car parking and effects on pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Public services - such as drainage and water supply

  • Public proposals for using the same land

  • Effects on individual buildings - such as overlooking, loss of light, overshadowing, visual intrusion, noise, disturbance and smell.

  • Effects on a specially designated area or building - such as green belt, conservation areas, listed buildings, ancient monuments and areas of special scientific interest.

  • Effects on existing tree cover and hedgerows.

  • Nature conservation interests - such as protection of badgers, great crested newts etc.

  • Public rights of way

  • Flooding or pollution.

  • Planning history of the site - including existing permissions and appeal decisions.

  • A desire to retain or promote certain uses - such as playing fields, village shops and pubs.

  • Presence of a hazardous substance directly associated with a development

  • Human Rights Act

  • Precedent - but only where it can be shown there would be a real danger that a proposal would inevitably lead to other inappropriate development (for example, further oilwells in the same or neighbouring area)