Some information on objecting

Key things about objections. They must:

  • Have your name and address
  • Be signed
  • State the proposal that you are objecting to
  • Contain the phrase "I object to the proposed..."

It is worth noting that petitions are only viewed as a single objection, regardless of how many signatures they contain. It's better if everyone submits a formal objection.

Objections are best written by the person objecting. We have a standard letter that we think covers the main points but bear in mind this has been written to address what the proposal means to us and this might differ to which aspects will affect you.

Stick to the facts, removal of a park WILL impact on how pleasant it is to live in an area or the residential amenity. Negative impact on the character of an area, noise and disturbance are also a sure thing as are additional on street parking, through traffic and the associated road traffic safety issues that come with such increases. Additional litter is a social problem and is not likely to be viewed as relevant.

The area is parkland but NOT green belt. Planning for the residences built in 2014 was granted with the supporting statements that the parkland was designated as HCF1 B1 Community Facilities.

The following points (taken from http://planninglawblog.blogspot.com/p/how-to-object.html) apparently should be taken into consideration when planning a development:

  • Adverse effect on the residential amenity of neighbours, by reason of (among other factors) noise*, disturbance*, overlooking, loss of privacy, overshadowing, etc. (*note that this does not include noise or disturbance arising from the actual execution of the works, which will not be taken into account)
  • Unacceptably high density / over-development of the site, especially if it involves loss of garden land or the open aspect of the neighbourhood
  • Visual impact of the development
  • Effect of the development on the character of the neighbourhood
  • The proposed development is over-bearing, out-of-scale or out of character in terms of its appearance compared with existing development in the vicinity
  • The loss of existing views from neighbouring properties would adversely affect the residential amenity of neighbouring owners
  • The development would adversely affect highway safety or the convenience of road users