THE PLANNING PROCESS
The Clerk to the Parish Council is notified of all new applications (or appeals) by the relevant Planning Authority and the Council is asked to respond within a certain timeframe.
The Council will hold a Public Meeting (open to all) to discuss and make its decision on all current applications. Advance notice of the meeting is given on the Parish Council noticeboards, as well as on this website. (see Planning Agenda for contents of next meeting) In Landford, we detail each application on the agenda so everyone is aware of the specific applications that will be discussed, as well as providing details of the application so that further information can be obtained if required.
Any Councillor who has an interest in any application, will declare an interest and either not comment or vote, or indeed may leave the room, according to the type of involvement the Councillor has with an applicant or property.
At the Parish Council Meeting, people who support or object to an application may attend to hear the discussions. At the discretion of the Chairman, members of the public may be allowed to speak to give their views in relation to an application under consideration. Any such speeches by members of the public will be time limited so, if numerous people have come to the meeting who all share the same view, it is a good idea to nominate a spokesperson so that maximum benefit can be had (rather than three people covering the same points). Any objections to an application must relate to genuine planning grounds – should any objections be made on a personal level, the Chairman will stop the meeting.
Once any members of the public have been heard, it is for the Councillors to debate and decide on their opinion of the application. At this point, no further comments from the public can be considered unless the Chairman specifically asks for clarification from someone in the audience.
The Clerk to the Council will record the outcome of the discussion and the Council’s reasons for the decision. This is a matter of public record.
Our decision is then communicated to the relevant Planning Authority.
If the application relates to a property within the New Forest National Park, and our view is the same as that of the Case Officer who assesses it on behalf of the New Forest Planning Authority, the decision will be considered as made. However, if the view of the Parish Council differs from that of the Case Officer, the application is automatically referred to the New Forest Planning Authority Committee – for them to deliberate on at a Planning Meeting. Such meetings are open to the public, and are held at Lymington Town Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Members of the public and the relevant Parish Council may register to speak in relation to an application on the agenda.
For more information on how to find the New Forest Planning Authority, based at Lymington Town Hall, please click here.
For details of forthcoming meetings and guidance on how to register to speak, then please click here.
If the application relates to a property within the area still controlled by Wiltshire Council (Salisbury), and our view is the same as that of the Case officer, the decision will be considered as made. However, if our opinion differs from that of the case officer, the application is NOT automatically referred to the Wiltshire Council Planning Committee. We can ask for it to be referred and such a request will be accommodated if possible, but is not obligatory. It may be that our view is overruled and the Case Officer alone decides the application.
If the application is to be considered by Wiltshire Council Planning Authority, similar rules apply in terms of members of the public and relevant Parish Council member can register to speak. Details of the South Area Committee Meetings can be viewed on the Council’s website by clicking here. Meetings are held at different venues, so please check the website for details of agenda items and locations.
All members of the Landford Parish Council are involved in the Planning recommendations. This is to ensure that we have sufficient members available to cover the frequent meetings. It also helps to ensure we are objective in all our deliberations.