When you are going to object against a Planning Development, you need go through an extensive Process for Appeal. You can check out the Application format that you can will submit as your Objection against the Unfavourable Development. The Planning Process is going to be a little complicated, but here is a basic outline:

  • Find out what Local Development Plan has been approved for your Local Authority area. The Local Development Plan document for the Local Authority in which an application is made will determine how a Local Planning Authority should assess a planning application in accordance with its statutory duties under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
  • Get an idea of how this Local Development Plan affects your local area. This may be by looking at it online, or by viewing the areas affected when you make an appointment to attend a Local Area Meeting.
  • Figure out what you do and don’t want to happen with regards to development in your local area by talking to friends, neighbours and other interested parties.
  • Make a Local Planning Objection by writing to the Local Planning Authority or Local Government Ombudsman if it has not been dealt with within 8 weeks of submission.
  • In your Local Planning Objection, focus on issues that directly affect you and/or your loved ones while also taking into consideration the wider picture of how this development will affect your Local Area. Your Local Planning Authority is required by law to take both Local and National Outcomes into account because the Local Development Plan should contribute towards a sustainable local economy and high quality of life for residents within a designated area. You may wish to read about sustainability or Local Economic Action Plans for Local Authorities to determine how Local Development Plans contribute towards Local and National Outcomes.
  • Do your research and address the Local Planning Authority’s existing Local Development Plan for this area. You may also wish to make a reference to other official Local Strategic Guidance documents such as
    • a) Local Transport Plan (LTP),
    • b) Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (if applicable).
  • Make sure that any concerns you express in your Local Planning Objection are backed up with clear examples from local examples of the application, e.g., “In our street, we have an alleyway that is already too narrow for pedestrians and cyclists to pass each other safely without being pushed into the road” or “The proposed development is directly on the Local Area Cycle Routes network. Local residents are worried about displacement of cyclists onto Local Area Footpaths.”
  • Be polite, courteous and firm. Your Local Planning Authority will have received many Local Planning Objections already so it’s important to make yours stand out from the crowd with good quality information that is easy to understand.
  • Send your Local Planning Objection by recorded delivery post along with a covering letter asking for acknowledgement of receipt within 3 working days.
  • Keep copies of all correspondence you send or receive regarding this Local Development Plan amendment. You may need them as evidence in order to challenge decisions made by your Local Authority if necessary; keep them together in one file, save them on a folder or resources for easy reference.
  • Local Authority officers do not work for Local Planning Authorities directly so you can also contact your Local Councillors who work at the Local Council Offices to ask them to support your Local Planning Objection. You don’t have to be related to or even know your Local Councillors personally. Local Planning Authorities are required to give Local Councillors certain Local Planning information so it’s important for Local Council Officers to keep Local Councillors up-to-date on decisions made about Local Development Plans and any Local Developments within their Local Area.
  • Sign and share the petition “No To (X) Local Development Plan Amendment” that has been set up to protest against this Local Development Plan amendment.
  • Local Planning Authorities are required by law to work with Local Community Groups who want to help them to make decisions about Local Planning Issues. Local Community Groups are normally formed between three or more people who aim to protect their Local Area from undesirable developments. If there is currently no Local Community Group in your area, you may wish to establish one so it can be consulted on future Local Development Plans for your Local Area.
  • Write a letter of support for any available forms of action being undertaken by other members of the public affected by this development plan such as marches, protests or petitions and ask them if they require any assistance from you regarding these actions.
  • If you are unable to attend Local Council Meetings where Local Development Plan Amendment decisions are made, speak to the Local District Councillors or Local Public Representatives (MPs or MEPs) who work at Local Council Offices. They should be able to support you by appearing on your behalf, speaking about your Local Planning Objection and providing any required evidence for it.

During the Local Area Meeting:

Your Local Planning Authority officer will display maps of Local Development Plans and implementors in your area and you can ask questions about what they mean in plain English. If you’re lucky, staff at these meetings are well-trained to help out residents with concerns about planning because they know that their job depends on how satisfied people are with their work. If you’re unlucky, officers won’t have had specific training for this meeting so you may have to explain yourself clearly by asking direct questions like “What does this mean for the look of our area?” or “What does this mean for our street?” Local Authority officers may not be used to being asked these questions. Remember, Local Planning Authorities are public bodies and should therefore have a responsibility to explain their Local Development Plans in easy-to-understand language.