It is lawful for planning applications to be decided according to development policy unless there are contraindications with material considerations. Planning application decisions are not influence-led. On the contrary, application decisions are policy-led.
Near neighbours and the public will be consulted in most cases by the planning authorities, however, the result of the application will not be decided by their objections since planning application is a policy-led process.
Planning policies prevent results from being decided by arbitrary factors.
It is important to talk with your neighbours in advance about your proposal for the sake of the completion of your planning permission and your relationship with your neighbours.
Your neighbours will be consulted by the Local Planning Authority either you talk with them or not, even though only material considerations will be used in the final decision phase. Therefore, talking with your neighbours would expedite the planning application process.
If there are no objections, your planning application will not need to go to a Planning Committee, but rather will be approved using delegated powers. As Studio20 Architects, we recommend that you contact your neighbours early so that planning applications can be submitted along with a letter of support from your neighbours.
Studio20 Architects team also recommends drafting a letter of support for your neighbours to sign or rewrite. Including details about your meetings with your neighbours and how you have included your neighbour's views in the letter will keep the application from focusing too much on local disputes and it will allow the planning officer assigned to focus on the technical side of the proposed development more.
Eventually, if you can settle any disputes amicably, this will help to speed up the planning application and permitting process.
THE OBJECTIONS THAT DO NOT AFFECT PLANNING PERMISSION
The objections that do not affect your planning permission are listed below:
● The loss of any private views
● An applicant’s behaviour, business operation, morals or religion
● Legal matters which are personal and private, like the right of way, boundary disputes or contracts
● Competitive issues with a similar business within mutual proximity
● The possibility of any future development
● An agenda from the applicant, such as profit
● Inconvenience caused during the building process
● Additional legislative details like Party Wall protocols, Building Regulations, and environmental health
● Whether your project will raise or lower the property’s value
● Aspects already covered by other legislation, such as environmental health, party walls or building regulations