The laws governing planning are complex and planning consent is required before most forms of development can be legally undertaken. For information on a wealth of planning related matters visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk You can also search Basingstoke and Deane's planning applications register to view specific documents and plans. Alternatively you can visit Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council at the Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AH or contact them by phone on 01256 844844.
The Local Plan and Sherfield on Loddon Neighbourhood plan can be found on the Basinstoke and Deane Borough Council website
The Parish Council is a statutory consultee on planning applications and is normally given 21 days to comment by the Planning Authority of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
There is no obligation on the part of the Parish Council to attend an applicant’s property when considering an application.
Residents are welcome to attend the Parish Council meetings where applications will be considered. Anyone wishing to comment on a Planning Application will be given an opportunity to speak at the appropriate time during the meeting. If possible, it is helpful to let the Clerk know of your intention to attend either by phone 01256 842662 or by email - firstname.lastname@example.org. If this is not possible and you would still like to make the Parish Council aware of any specific issues with a particular application, then comments can be submitted to the Clerk prior to the meeting for consideration at the meeting. Any comments received after the application has been discussed cannot be taken into account. Please note that any correspondence received by the Clerk, unless stipulated private and confidential, will be disseminated to all serving Parish Councillors and the contents, including the author's name, may be discussed openly in a public meeting.
The Parish Council cannot usually revisit an application once an application has been discussed and a resolution made, unless there has there is a material change within the application.
When reviewing applications the Parish Council can only consider planning issues. These can include:
• consistency with the development plan for the area
• traffic and highway safety issues
• overlooking, loss of privacy and loss of light
• scale of the development
• design, appearance, layout and material
• noise, disturbance or smells
• local knowledge of drainage or other possible problems with the surface
• impact on the surroundings
Issues that are not relevant include:
• effect on the value of property
• loss of view over other peoples land
• possible future development not included in the application
• private property rights such as boundary or access disputes
• matters covered by other laws
• the morals or motives of the developer