Planning and the Parish Council
The local planning authority for this area is South Lakeland District Council. They decide what the planning policy for the district is in consultation with other bodies and make decisions on individual planning applications.
All planning applications received by SLDC for Aldingham Parish are passed on to the parish council for consultation. As a parish council we have no powers to refuse or permit applications, we can only comment based on certain criteria outlined in SLDC’s policies. Any comments made by the council are taken into account by the Planning Committee at South Lakeland and are balanced against the views of other individuals or bodies.
There are strict guidelines set out by SLDC regarding reasonable grounds for objecting to an application called material planning considerations. In general, these guidelines are concerned only with material land use and environmental issues. There are no grounds for objecting to an application based on private interests (eg. loss of a view, loss of value to a property or business, ownership disputes etc) and the parish council will not discuss such issues in consideration of applications.
Comments from the Public
The public are welcome to comment on applications, either by attending a Parish Council meeting or by contacting SLDC. There is more information on how to comment here.
Only comments based on material planning considerations will be taken into account by SLDC. There is guidance on the most effective way to make your comments count here (PDF file).
The Parish Council keeps a register of all applications received and discussed. A proforma checklist is used to consider applications.
To view the Parish Council Planning Checklist click here