Our Role

The Parish Council’s main role in the planning system is to look at and respond to planning applications. This is because there is a legal duty on a local planning authority to notify, where asked, the relevant local council of any planning applications that affect their area, and also because planning applications can often generate considerable interest, and if approved may have a major impact on a local area.

Planning in England is policy-led. When making representations in respect of a planning application, the Parish Council will take into consideration:

Planning law is quite explicit and only comments regarding “material consideration” can be taken into account. The local planning authority will disregard points which are non “material considerations”.

Examples of material considerations include:


Examples of non material considerations include: