Notes on the Society’s policy on planning applications, along with the Cheshire West and Chester (CWaC) notes on planning are given below.
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Neston Civic Society Policy on planning applications
- We send comments to the planning authority (Cheshire West and Chester Council), who make decisions.
- We look at applications in Neston, Little Neston and Ness, and in the part of Parkgate ward as far as Earle Drive. We look also at major applications in a wider area that are likely to affect Neston residents.
- We take note of comments from neighbours and other residents.
- We take account of the planning authority’s policy statements, including those from Ellesmere Port and Neston Council that are still in place.
- We take account of Neston Neighbourhood Plan.
- We pay special attention to Neston Conservation Area, aiming to preserve what is best of the historic buildings and ambience.
- We encourage retail and service businesses in Neston town centre, and other enterprises in Clay Hill Light Industrial Park.
Cheshire West and Chester Planning Rules
Matters taken into account
Only matters relevant to planning control can be taken into account when reaching a decision, for example:
• the appearance and character of the area or street, including the design and materials of buildings
• other environmental issues such as noise
• traffic and road safety
• employment and the local economy
• impact on public services
• impact of a building on the amenity of neighbouring properties, for example privacy or physical effect of the building.
Matters not taken into account
We cannot normally consider:
• the fact that development may have already begun
• ‘trade objections’ from potential competitors
• moral arguments for example opposition to betting shops or amusement 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 a nearby 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 or rights of way. Such rights will not be affected by a grant of planning permission.
• the fear that a building may be used for a different purpose in the course of time.
• the personal circumstances of the applicant.
• matters covered by other legislation e.g. Building Regulations or the Health & Safety at Work Act.