Guidelines for objecting to an application

When reviewing plnning application it is useful to bear in mind that there are two different categories of comments. These are known as ‘material’ and ‘non-material’ factors. The planning department may not take into consideration non-material factors when reviewing objections.

Material factors

  • Layout and density of buildings
  • Design, Appearance and Materials
  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
  • Loss of light or over-shadowing
  • Ecology, Nature Conservation, Landscape
  • Noise, Smell, Pollution
  • Parking, Highways, Traffic
  • Effect on Listed Building or Conservation Area
  • Planning history/related planning decisions (including appeal decisions)
  • Financial considerations and viability
  • Planning Policy and Planning Practice Guidance
  • Capacity of physical infrastructure
  • New Homes Bonus – a benefit available to local communities
  • Disabled Persons Access

Non-material Factors

  • Negative effect on the value of a property
  • Business competition
  • Land ownership or restrictive covenants
  • Large financial gain for developers
  • Moral objections
  • Loss of private view
  • Retrospective application – works already done
  • Track record of applicant/developer
  • Change from previous scheme
  • Matters covered by other legislation e.g Building Regulations, Environmental Health
  • Level of local support or opposition
  • Applicants personal circumstances
  • Problems arising from the construction period