Planning Panel

Planning applications and “The Planning Panel”

The Society is interested in all the Built Environment Developments in Weybridge and the Planning Panel is charged with the role of examining all Planning Applications submitted to the Council proposing substantial new developments within our four wards.

If a planned development would, we believe, be inappropriate in any way, a letter of objection or comment is submitted to the Council to assist the Planning Department officers with the consideration of the application.

Because of the size and reputation of the Society our letters do carry considerable weight when the officers and councillors are considering a decision to refuse or permit a Planning Permission application.

The progress of applications are then monitored, by Planning Panel members and Council Planning Sub-committee meetings and appeals are often attended to witness the decision process. Results of the applications monitored by the panel are reported in the regularly published Society Newsletter.

The Planning Panel has produced an updated document which summarises the procedure followed by Elmbridge Council’s Planning department in dealing with planning applications (and other development control matters) - to view the document click here.

The Panel has also produced a document to assist members in making objections to planning applications - to view the document click here.

The Householder Appeal Service (HAS)

This is a new procedure for dealing with householder appeals, with the aim of speeding up the process. Such appeals must be initiated within 12 weeks of the Local Planning Authority’s refusal decision (normally 6 months) and the Planning Inspectorate aims to come to a decision within 8 weeks. In his/her appeal request the appellant must include a complete, clear, and concise statement of his/her grounds of appeal, as this is the only opportunity to make representations. The Inspector makes his decision on the basis of the information available to the LPA when the original application was determined.
For a more detailed description of the procedure click here .

Do You Need Planning Permission For Your Extension ?

New regulations covering the type and extent of development that may be carried out on a house and within its curtilage without express planning permission came into force on 1st October 2008. The Government’s aim was to create a more permissive regime for homeowners and to reduce the workload of Local Planning Authorities. The new regulation is significantly more complicated than the previous one, and the Planning Panel has produced a clear and reasonably concise summary of it for members. To read this document, click here.

 

The Planning Panel

Regular meetings of the Panel are held to discuss all current applications and to decide the responses we should take on specific applications.

The Panel is made up of a group of interested members.

The Joint Chairmen are willing to give members of the Society advice concerning any Planning Application that may concern them. To contact them use the phone numbers given in the Newsletters or use the email addresses on the Committee page.

 

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