Self Help Guidelines
Commenting on Planning Applications - What can you do:
- Be alert. A weekly list of new planning applications lodged in the County can be viewed: Herefordshire Planning Applications. You will need either the reference number [e.g. DCNC2003/1234/F] or you can search by date and area. A monthly bulletin of planning decisions is also available.
- Some planning applications are advertised in the local press and a yellow notice is usually posted at the site. You can you also look at your local Parish Council notice board because they are consulted on all applications and details are usually published in the meeting agenda.
- You can find out more about an application by calling the Planning Office, or visiting it at Blueschool House, Blueschool Street, Hereford. Northern Area planning applications can be seen at the Council offices, St Katherine's Street Ledbury. Ask to see the application and quote the reference number.
- Check out whether the application is in accordance with the current ‘development plan’ – unless there are ‘material considerations’ to indicate otherwise, it must be. You can access the plan at your local Library, the Planning Office and online. There is a new development plan (Local Development Framework) in the process of being agreed.
- Remember to make your comments in writing to the correct address: Planning Services, Herefordshire Council, P O Box 230, Blueschool House, Blueschool Street, Hereford HR1 2ZB – within the time allowed – usually 21 days from the posting of a site notice (which should state the closing date for comments).
- You may also find other data to support your case by accessing relevant national Planning Policy Guidance. [www.communities.gov.uk] Stick to the planning issues and avoid matters of a personal nature.
- In addition, let your Parish Council and your local Member of Herefordshire Council know of your concerns – why not send them a copy of your letter?
- Professional planning officers, under ‘delegated powers’, decide the majority of planning applications but the more contentious are referred for decision to an area planning sub-committee on which your local member will sit.
- The importance of informing your local members of your views cannot be over emphasised but be aware that the Councillors' Code of Conduct prevents the member from disclosing a view before the meeting.
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