The main objective is to avoid decisions being
made by council employees and to put the decision in the hands
of Guildfords elected representatives.
This is achieved by getting 10 letters of
objection by the deadline submission date.
If you achieve this you will be invited to the
planning committee meeting and to put up two speakers against
the development each will be allowed 3 minutes.
If the decision is rejected, the developer has
right of appeal. You have none, but we can make representations
If the number of objections is large the deadline may be
extended to allow time for GBC to process them and the applicant
may even withdraw or submit amendments.
Action on submission of planning application
Involve your local councillors this is what you
elected them for! Be careful you should identify which of your
councillors is on the planning committee, in which case they
cannot discuss the application with you, however they can
explain planning policy send them a copy
of your objection and ask for their support.
Note deadline date of submission of comments
GBC's Online Planning Website).
Examine the plans on the
website consider lists below and look at council planning
Local Plan 2003 and
summarised by SCA in
Objections Appendix1. Also see the
County's Infrastructure Guide May 2002.
Try and quote policy numbers
in your objections e.g. G5(10) etc.
Summarise reasons circulate
a letter, ask people to vary petitions are no good they
count as one objection!
Get 10 objections this means
it automatically goes out of the hands of council employees and
has to be decided by elected councillors on the planning
committee. Evidence says that we stand more chance with the
An objection can be as simple
as I object to this planning application.
Reasons for objections (Summary) in descending order
of success factors
Is it building on protected public green space?
Has it been turned down before? examine and
quote the reasons
Is it out of Character with the area?
Does it alter building lines?
Does it invade natural light of neighbours?
Does it affect privacy of neighbours?
Is it building on private green space that adds
to a feeling of spaciousness?
Is traffic access dangerous?
Will the development encourage on-street parking?
Reasons that are worth mentioning
Garden grabbing this was an election issue
Impact on traffic generally small developments
will be deemed no impact on traffic, but the council has to take
account of cumulative effect!
SPA interim strategy the council want to believe that this
Reasons that carry no weight
Density of building there is no limit to the
number of dwellings per hectare.
Lack of parking spaces carries no weight if public transport
services are good (definition 20 minutes to town centre).
Maximum is 1.5 spaces per dwelling.
Damage / weight on a private road.
Features that make it exceptionally difficult
If the development offers affordable housing
especially if under 14 dwellings 14 and over they must offer
affordable housing of at least 35% in number houses.
7. Notes on GBC Planning Process and Policy
See the GBC web-links menu (above-right) for
useful places to go.
The GBC planning committee meet
in public on Tuesday evening every 3 weeks. The dates, minutes and agenda can be found
GBC allow 21 days from registration of a planning application for individuals to
comment on new
applications and only 14 days on amendments and repeat applications.
Statutory bodies and other organisations, such as SCA, are always given only 14
days from registration. Registration is the date on the letters sent out to consultees and neighbours. If
the number of objections is large the deadline may be extended to allow time for
GBC to process them.
If you comment on a planning
application, then GBC will write informing you of any
amendments, withdrawal, or appeals and the date if it goes to
GBC try to ensure their
planning policies comply
regional policies because
this is meant to reduce the likelihood of successful appeals,
which can be costly. However policies are open to
interpretation, so it can be worth asking your
if they are willing, or asking your
GBC policies, including planning, are reviewed every
4 years in a
consultative process called the
Local Development Framework, to which individuals and
organisations can contribute. This has a timetable and
many reviews with final approval by the council executive.
Planning policies are summarised in
Surrey County Council
Highways, not GBC, are responsible for our roads, pavements, and traffic safety issues. The SCC Highways
department comment on all planning applications.
You can e-mail your comments to the relevant
Planning Inspector at this address:
firstname.lastname@example.org BUT you must quote the appeal reference in
the subject heading or at the top of your e-mail text.
Search for an appeal to find out what the appeal reference is.
Currently this web-site is very problematic, and it may take
several different attempts before you will successfully find an
You can submit your comment
online via the
Search for an appeal.
Don't forget to mention what the appeal is about,
such as the address.
Alternatively you can write with the same
reference number but you have to send 3 copies of your letter
whereas only 1 e-mail is needed. The address is:
The Planning Inspectorate,
Room 3/26 Hawk Wing,
2 The Square, Temple Quay,
Bristol BS1 6PN.