Can't we just get them to object for us?
Parish Councils (and Town Councils for that matter) are typically made up of elected (or occasionally co-opted) lay people who represent a broad cross section of the local community and the interests of the whole 'parish' area. In planning terms it is regrettable to say...
...that despite the Localism Act most Local Planning Authorities treat Parish Councils as a single individual (just as you or any other individual person) when it comes to assessing public interest in planning applications - irrespective of how many people they actually represent.
This is not to say the Parish Council should be ignored (as an ally in the planning process) - after all they are beginning to garner more authority (in planning terms) as time progresses. Many planning departments are now beginning to recognise that these statutory organisations actually represent the broader interests of the wider community! It is helpful if you can encourage your local Parish Council to support your position by recommending refusal of the planning application (be warned that they may not agree with you!)
All said and done, PC's are a statutory consultee in every planning application - and they have good access to local Councillors at both district and county level.
While planning officers are slow to listen, we are finding that The Planning Inspectorate are taking local opinions into account more and more - Parish Councils continue to represent the pinnacle of local opinion - and hence the reason why their involvement is still important.
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Planning applications submitted throughout the UK are able to be challenged by members of the public for a wide variety of reasons. However, how this is best achieved is generally unclear and can be extremely daunting to the uninitiated. We are planning consultants who specialise in helping people to get their views heard during the planning application phase of building and development projects. We currently cover the English and Welsh planning systems - which are governed by the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 (As amended) and by various National Planning Policy Guidance, along with statute and related policies. Local plans and planning authorities also have their own individual planning policies that add additional layers of complexity to the objection and representation process.
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