If planning applications are submitted to the Parish Council Clerk far enough in advance of the next Parish Council meeting they will be detailed on the Agenda for that meeting.

Further information on local planning matters can be found on the Central Bedfordshire Council website: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/view-comment/applications.aspx

To assist you the following information has been taken from the Central Bedfordshire Council website:

Material planning considerations

Issues that can be considered to form a valid objection to an application and be taken into account include the following. (Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and other material planning considerations may exist).

  • local, strategic and national planning policies, plus emerging new plans that have been through at least one stage of consultation
  • government circulars, orders, statutory instruments, guidance and advice
  • previous planning and appeal decisions, plus principles of case law held through the courts
  • overshadowing and loss of light based on Building Research Establishment guidance
  • overlooking and loss of privacy
  • highway issues, including traffic generation, vehicular access and highway safety
  • noise and disturbance from proposed use, including operating hours
  • smells and fumes
  • storage and handling of hazardous materials
  • effect on listed buildings, conservation areas, scheduled monuments and archaeology
  • loss or effect on trees
  • adverse impacts on nature conservation interests and biodiversity
  • layout and density of building design, visual appearance and finishing materials
  • landscaping and means of enclosure

Non-material planning considerations

Issues that are not relevant to the decision making process and cannot be taken into account include the following (please note, this is not an exhaustive list and other non-material planning considerations may exist):

  • loss of view
  • negative impact on property value
  • land and boundary disputes between neighbours and/or damage to property
  • private rights of access and covenants
  • the impact of construction work
  • opposition to business competition
  • personal morals or views about the applicant
  • opposition to the principle of development if this has been decided by an outline planning permission or appeal decision.
  • matters controlled under other non-planning legislation, for example, building regulations