We read all the comments left on planning applications.
You can comment on a planning application to:
- support it
- give us your views on it
- object to it
Make a valid objection
By law, we can not reject an application unless it goes against planning policy. This includes cases where there are multiple objections or a petition.
We will not be able to uphold objections if they are based on:
- impact on property values
- predicted noise during construction
- who will use the development when it is done
- disputes with neighbours
Before you leave an objection, check if it goes against planning policy.
Examples of when an application might go against planning policy
This can include:
- harm to trees
- significant loss of light
- ongoing noise after construction
- new windows or spaces that overlook your house or garden
- traffic congestion
- design not in keeping with the area
The following is a list of material considerations that can be taken into account in determining planning applications submitted under the Town and Country Planning Act.
- The Development Plan and other relevant policy and guidance
- highway safety, flood risk
- appearance and design
- noise, dust, fumes, etc.
- loss of light/sunlight
- scale and dominance
- nature conservation
- impact on infrastructure, community and other services
- impact on character, including trees
- parking provision
- a fall-back position such as:
- a lawful use which could result in a development worse than proposal
- an extant planning permission which has a similar or worse effect than the proposed development
- permitted development which could have the same or worse effect than the proposed development
The following matters are however not material considerations
- business competition
- loss of view
- devaluation of property
- private rights of access
- other private rights
- short term disturbance during implementation of a planning permission
- maintenance of property
To find out more about the character of your area and the kinds of developments encouraged, see Surrey Heath's planning policy section.