Petitioning a Planning Application
What is a petition?
A petition is a comment from a member of public regarding a planning application signed by ten or more people of different addresses.
Submitting a petition
To submit a petition you will need to post it to or hand it to us in person at:
Muriel Matters House
When submitting a petition about a planning application please make sure that:
- The application number and address and reasons for objection are clearly stated at the top of every page
- You submit the original petition – photocopies cannot be accepted
- The petition includes at least 10 signatures
- You provide the contact name and telephone number of the person to be notified of the date of the committee meeting.
- It is received by us no later than 3pm at least 3 working days before the planning committee meeting is scheduled to take place.
Speaking at planning committee
If you wish to speak at planning committee, you must already have submitted a valid petition within the correct timeframe. Where petitions are received only the lead petitioner, or another nominated person, is entitled to speak at committee for 5 minutes in respect of the application.
The dates of planning committee meetings can be viewed on the meetings, agendas, reports and minutes area of the website and available 5 working days before the meeting takes place.
Any representations received will become public documents and will also be published on our website. Signatures, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers will be redacted but requests for confidentiality cannot be accepted.
Only the lead petitioner and the applicant will be notified if an application is to be considered at planning committee.
Please note that any comments of a racist or other offensive nature will not be accepted.
Planning matters taken into account
Only relevant Planning matters can be taken into account by the Council when reaching a decision. Matters which can be taken into account when reaching a decision include:
- the appearance and character of the area or street, including the design and materials of buildings, landscaping and tree loss
- other environmental issues (e.g. noise)
- traffic generation and road safety
- employment and the local economy
- impact on public services
- effects on the landscape and the need to protect open land in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or land use for agriculture; impact of a building on its neighbours, (e.g. privacy or the physical effect of the building)
Planning matters not taken into account
You should also be aware that in reaching a decision, the Council cannot normally consider the following matters:
- the personal circumstances of the applicant as sometimes put forward in support of an application. These will seldom outweigh the more general planning consideration
- the fact that development may have already begun
- 'trade objections' from potential competitors
- moral arguments, (e.g. opposition to betting shops or amusements arcades)
- the belief that an application is submitted with the intention of selling the property at an enhanced value
- the loss of an attractive view from private property
- the fear that an objector's house might be devalued
- the fact that the applicant does not own the land
- allegations that a proposal might affect private rights, such as restrictive covenants, rights of way, or 'ancient lights' - these are usually private matters on which objectors may need legal advice
- the fear that a building may be used for a different purpose in the course of time - decisions have to be made on applications as submitted
- matters covered by other legislation e.g. Building Regulations or the Health & Safety at Work Act
- public safety on telecommunications masts where the installation complies with ICNIRP guidelines
Planning Aid provides independent planning advice, you can call them on 0870 850 9806.
They give some advice to all callers and if you meet their eligibility criteria you may be given extra help by one of their professional planning staff or volunteers.