Where to seek more detailed advice and information
H10 Residential Areas of Exceptional Character - which then refers to EP3, EP5, H9 to preserve character:
EP3 The Use, Design and Layout of Development
EP5 Sunlight and Daylight
H9 Residential Layout and Design
Both of the above policies can be located at: http://www.southbucks.gov.uk/
The Planning Process
South Bucks District Council Planning Process
- The SBDC planning process is targeted to complete in 8 weeks, including any referral to Planning Committee for approval.
- Planning Officers will often (but not always) have been consulted by applicants (pre-app advice) before applications are submitted to iron out Planning Officer objections.
- Statutory public consultation is a 3 week window starting approx one week after applications are received by SBDC, although this timeframe can be interpreted depending on delays along the way. Significant changes to drawings partway through consultation can extend the public consultation period, but a request to the Planning Department might be needed.
- SBDC publish all submitted documents, timings, consultation dates, and decisions on the SBDC planning website.
- SBDC will accept objections beyond the end of public consultation because they must consider all comments received up to the time their planning officer writes their recommendation.
- The number of objections can be important in determining whether an application is referred to Planning Committee for decision, and whether the Planning Officer can make the final decision under Delegated Authority.
- Generally, 10+ objections will be needed for automatic referral to the Planning Committee. If neighbours plan to object to a development, they should make at least 9 others aware so that they can independently submit objections, or there is a strong risk that the application will be decided by the Planning Officer.
a. Objections should be as specific as possible but do not need to be all encompassing to be registered. Even a directed single paragraph emailed to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address with the planning reference number and address of the objector, is sufficient as a counted objection
b. Only one objection per household
c. Anyone can object, even those living further away, as long as they have reason to do so
d. Bulstrode Camp Association (BCL) do not to get involved in planning issues. This is beyond the remit of BCL and the board. However, BCL will be involved in the development stage as it will affect the road and verges, either temporarily or permanently.
- For minor developments, the SBDC Planning Officers are able to write up their recommendation/decision immediately after the end of public consultation, but will do so only if no objections were forthcoming during the public consultation period.
- If Planning Officers recommend refusal, applicants tend to (but not always) withdraw their application as the Planning Committee tend to follow an Officer’s refusal.
- Planning Officers write up their recommendations about 1 week before the Planning Committee meeting, and publish this on the planning application page.
Credit: The information on this page has been kindly put together by our local GX Town Council. While the information is correct at the time of writing (Feb 2018) planning policies and procedures will change, so please use due diligence when preparing any planning documentation. The information given above is just a summary. It is based on a more complete document which can be found here. Please download the full document if you would like to learn more about the planning process.