Letting You Know About Planning Applications

When we receive a planning application with all the necessary plans and supporting information Government Regulations require that we notify those people potentially affected by it.  This might be through a notice displayed on or near the application site, a public notice in the Staffordshire Newsletter, or by direct mailing to neighbours.  Depending on the size and type of application, it could be a combination of all three.

On the smaller applications, the Regulations don’t specify which method of publicity we should use, so we have to decide which method is more appropriate.  In most cases, we will write to neighbouring properties, wherever it’s possible to do so, but the case officers have to use their judgement as to the extent of the notification.

Some residents raise concerns that they haven’t been directly consulted as they obviously feel they are affected by the proposed development. It’s difficult for us to get the balance right, however, the important thing to note is that you do not have to receive notification in the post to be able to make comments.

If you live in an area where there is a Parish Council, they will also be looking to protect the best interests of the people in the area. Ward Members play a key part in the process as they can refer applications direct to Planning Committee for consideration.   

Contact
Tel: 01785 619337
Fax: 01785 619473
Email: planning@staffordbc.gov.uk
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