South Kesteven District Council guide to making comments on Planning Applications

Following a recent Parish Council meeting public discussion, here is a link to SKDC's guidance for making comments on planning applications:

When making a representation, it is important to restrict comments to Material Considerations.

Examples of material planning considerations include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Local/Government Planning Policy and Guidance
  • Highway safety and traffic levels
  • Flood risk
  • Impact on the appearance of the area
  • Number, size, massing
  • Design, appearance, layout and materials
  • Overlooking and loss of privacy
  • Loss of light or overshadowing
  • Affect on amenity of surrounding properties
  • Availability of infrastructure
  • Noise, disturbance and smells resulting from the proposed development
  • Conservation of buildings, trees and open land
  • Relative height compared to abutting List Buildings
  • Need to safeguard the countryside or protected species of plant or animal

Examples of matters which are not material planning considerations include, but are not restricted to, are:

  • The developer's identity, morals, motives or past record
  • Effect on the value of your property
  • Loss of a private view
  • Inconvenience or other problems caused by building works
  • That a lot of people have objected
  • Land ownership, Boundary disputes or matters referring to legal covenants
  • Private neighbour disputes
  • Impact on private drainage systems

There was also mention at the meeting of a petition, and there is some guidance in the article. It should be noted that individual comments may carry more weight than a petition, but it may be useful to help indicate the strength of feeling among the community about an issue.


Published: Friday, 11th November 2022