Planning Newsletter April 1 2018

Planning applications / decisions can be viewed on the Shropshire Council Planning Portal:

The Government is seeking to encourage more housing and new commercial development. These developments need to meet local and national policy expectations and must be acceptable in planning terms, and this means that the applicants will be required to add additional costs to the project to create necessary infrastructure such as roads, schools, green spaces, or affordable housing contributions.

What are material considerations?

A material consideration us a matter that should be taken into account in deciding a planning application or on an appeal against a planning decision.

Material considerations can include (but are not limited to):

  • Overlooking / loss of privacy
  • Loss of light or overshadowings
  • Parking
  • Highway safety
  • Traffic
  • Noise
  • Effect on listed building and conservation area
  • Layout and density of building
  • Design, appearance and materials
  • Government policy
  • Disabled persons’access
  • Proposals in the Development Plan
  • Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)
  • Nature conservation

Issues such as loss of view, or negative effect on the value of properties are not material considerations.

Application Types and Commenting

Planning conditions
If the planning application is not acceptable in its submitted form, but it can be made acceptable, the planning authority can grant permission with conditions attached. It will then be a legal requirement of the applicant to meet (“discharge”) the conditions for the development to proceed. The presumption in favour of sustainable development encourages planning officers to find ways of remedying shortcomings in planning applications. If an application is deficient in a way that can be mitigated by undertaking part of the proposal in a different way, the case officer can attach a condition to the planning permission. The condition effectively modifies the proposal and brings it back into compliance with the policies in the development plan.