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A brief guide to planning

Escrick Parish Council – as a statutory consultee of Selby District Council (SDC) – is asked to comment on all planning applications within the Parish.

The District Council must take into account, but not necessarily follow, the views or recommendations of the Parish Council.

The Parish Council is consulted for its local knowledge but does not determine a Planning Application. This is the role of the planning committee at SDC (made up of District Councillors) or sometimes by the planning officers using delegated powers. Their decisions are based upon Planning Policies set out in the Core Strategy, Planning Policy Statements (PPS) and Government Guidance.

How do I view the plans?

What do I do if I have an interest or want to object to a Planning Application?

First you must view the plans and supporting documentation.

If you wish to object you must write to, or email SDC and send a copy to the Parish Clerk so that we are aware of your views. Unless you have valid planning reasons, your letter will be wasted.

Listed below are some reasons for objecting to a particular application:

  • Highways – access/roads unsuitable for the development (where access is a relevant consideration).
  • Loss of light – dependent on the size/siting of the development to a neighbouring property's principal windows (can they be directly looked into?).
  • Design/size/scale/materials of proposal in relation to the existing property, neighbouring properties and general location.
  • Effect on/loss of protected trees or listed buildings
  • Setting listed buildings on Conservation Area.
  • Noise, fumes, smell or loss of privacy.
  • Risk of flooding as a result of the proposal.
  • Loss of a valuable facility if dealt with in the local plan.

Things which are not normally planning considerations include:

  • Loss of view/aspect.
  • Personal matters relating to the specific applicant.
  • Changes to land/property values.
  • Personal taste with respect to the proposal.

Parish Council Processes

Planning Working Group Terms of Reference

The Parish Council has appointed a team who will meet independently to review all planning applications prior to them being considered by the full Council. This group of Councillors will receive the details of the application from the clerk. They will then consider the application and fill in the Assessment Form and Consultation Response, ready for consideration at the next Parish Council. It is at this time, that residents concerned have the opportunity to make their views known.

The Parish Council will send in its response, taking into account the information gathered by the planning team.

For those applications which the determination date is before the next Parish Council meeting, for example, the summer holidays, the Parish Council has delegated authority to the clerk in conjunction with the planning team, to respond.

In all cases, any application which is considered controversial or strategically important by the working group, clerk and/or chairman, the village will be notified and given the opportunity to respond.

Selby District Council currently write to all residents who they consider will be affected by the application, making them aware of their rights, timescales and how to respond.

Any resident can contact the clerk through the Parish Council's website for advice, make the Parish Council aware of their views or, for those unable to view plans online, to view plans at a mutually convenient time.

Assessment Form - MASTER COPY.doc

Consultation Response - MASTER COPY.doc