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Planning applications are assessed by a Planning Officer. Consideration is given to any views received from interested parties and any alterations required can be discussed with the applicant.
A recommendation is then made to grant or refuse planning permission (also see appeals).
The planning system does not exist to protect the private interests of one person against the activities of another, although private interests may coincide with the public interest in some cases.
The basic planning question is not whether owners or occupiers of neighbouring properties would experience financial or other loss from a particular development, but whether the proposal would unacceptably affect amenities, which ought to be protected in the public interest.
The kind of things we might have to think about here would include:
A leaflet highlighting the main issues that are considered when deciding a planning application
Arguments are often made which are not relevant to planning this will normally include:
Will be dealt with by a senior officer who has been given the authority to make planning decisions. This is known as a delegated decision.
The recommendation for these will be made to 1 of the city's 2 Planning and Highway committees where Councillors will make a decision.
Councillors may accept the recommendation or discuss the proposal further before deciding to accept or reject the application. Sometimes they will need to visit the site to be sure of making the right decision.
You can speak at Planning and Highway Committees, but any comments you wish to make should be given in writing even if you intend to speak.
Please say which application concerns you. Each application has its own 'Case Number', e.g. 12/01234/FUL, and it should be quoted in any correspondence.