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Planning Committee

Next meeting - TBA - 2020

Agendas & Delegated Powers notices attached below.

Planning Committee

Chair of Planning Committee; David Woolley

Planning meetings are held when necessary, usually around 1 a month. Generally, the 2nd Tuesday of every month is scheduled for Planning Meetings, these will be held in the committee room of the church in West Overton at 7.00 pm

Current Planning Policies;

The Parish Council does not make the final decision regarding any planning application: Wiltshire Council is the local planning authority. In our committee, we can only indicate support of an application or otherwise, by vote, and provide comments which may or may not affect Wiltshire Council’s final decision.
In deciding our position on any planning application we are guided by the Local Plan set out for Kennet District and still used as guides notwithstanding the change to a Unitary Authority in 2010. Major aspects are:

· Policy PD1 ...’ Scale, height and massing...’; ‘relationship to landscape...’; ‘building materials, colour and detailing’;’ impact on residential amenity..’

· Policy HC 25 replacement of existing dwellings ‘...closely related to the footprint of the dwelling being replaced...’; ‘..scale not significantly larger than original structure’:

· Policy NR7 ‘...landscape character and views and visual amenity’.

· (In part of Lockeridge only) Policy HH5 Conservation Area ‘preserve or enhance character or appearance of Area’

The Village Design Statement may also be helpful in drawing up plans.

It may help applicants to be aware of the guidance Wiltshire Council gives on the factors that are relevant in making the planning decision.

Relevant issues where planning applications are considered include:

The following are not relevant planning matters, and cannot be considered

Development plan policy

Effect on the value of property

Government guidance

Loss of a private view

Highway safety and traffic

Inconvenience or other problems caused by building works

Design, appearance and layout

Matters covered by other laws

Effect on the level of daylight and privacy

Private property rights

Conservation of buildings, trees and open land

The developer's morals, motives of past record

Need to safeguard the countryside

Possible future development

Noise disturbance and smells

The fact development may have started

Trade objections based on competition

Moral objections

Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from Planning Officials in Wiltshire Council and/or the relevant people in the North Wessex AONB Office in Hungerford who can advise on suitable materials and impact on landscape.