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How to comment

We are committed to consulting with neighbours and other parties who could be directly affected by planning applications, and we want to hear your views so that we can take them into account when considering planning applications. 

Depending on the type of application type and size, we may consult using one or more of the following methods:

  • A notification letter to neighbours /owners /occupiers with an adjoining boundary to the site
  • A 'Planning Notice' displayed at or near the proposed site
  • A press notice in the local newspaper
  • All applications are published online on the Weekly List 

To view an application, including plans and drawings use our search facility. If you do not have internet access you can inspect these documents online at any Customer Services Centre during office hours.

If you wish to comment on the proposed development, you must do so within the 21 day consultation period.  Comments can be made by anyone and can be objections, support, or observations about the application.  You can make your comments:

Any comments which are made online or in writing will be published on the our website for everyone to see, this may include your name and address. Please note that anonymous comments will not be considered.  When making a comment please make sure that it is not offensive, harmful or untrue, if it is, your comment will be removed from the website. 

You are responsible for any statements that you make.  Views expressed by third parties on our website are not the views of Carmarthenshire Council.

All comments, for and against, an application are considered if they raise material planning considerations, as these can be taken into account during the assessment process.  It is important to note that along with your objections we must also consider local and national policy that may affect an application.

Given the volume of correspondence that we receive, we will not acknowledge receipt of your comments or, as a rule, respond to the comments or questions submitted, but you can track the progress of the planning application online. 

Before we publish planning documentation on our website, we will take all reasonable steps to remove personal (not business) telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures from planning applications, representations or other documents received as part of the planning application process.  It may be possible for your name and address to be browsed through internet browsers and search functions such as Google and Yahoo. 

We advise that you refrain from including details of a personal nature in your correspondence.  If you are submitting representations online, there are some simple steps that you can take to minimise any concerns you have whilst ensuring that your comments will be noted:

  • Do not include personal information, other than your name and address within the body of your letter or email. Signatures on paper representations will be obscured online.
  • There is no need to sign your representation if submitting electronically, although your name and address must form part of the document.
  • If commenting by email, send your representation as an attachment to an email, this will ensure your email address is not published. Please ensure that your name and address remains.

Planning applications can only be decided on those matters relevant to planning (material considerations). The most common of these include:

  1. Effect on traffic, access, road safety and parking
  2. Scale, appearance and impact on surrounding area and adjoining neighbours
  3. Loss of light
  4. Overlooking and loss of privacy
  5. Effect on nature conservation and loss of trees
  6. Impact on Listed Buildings and/or Conservation Areas
  7. Something contrary to Council policy
  8. Noise and disturbance resulting from a use
  9. Whether the use would be appropriate for the area

Often people wish to comment on matters that cannot be taken into account because they are not controlled by planning legislation. Common objections include: 

  1. Loss of property value
  2. Loss of a view
  3. Private issues between neighbours such as party wall disputes, damage to property, private rights of way, covenants or the like
  4. Problems associated with construction work such as noise, dust and disturbance by construction vehicles (if you are experiencing these problems the Public Protection and Environmental Health team may be able to help)
  5. Competition between firms
  6. Structural and fire precaution matters (controlled by building control legislation)
  7. Alternative types of development you might prefer.

Planning managers have powers to decide some applications and they will take your written comments into account. When an application has to be considered by a Committee, planning officers will write a report which includes a recommendation and a summary of comments received. The report will be presented to the appropriate Committee, which is made up of elected ward Councillors.

In some circumstances you may also be given the opportunity to speak at the committee meeting. For more information on speaking at these meetings please contact the planning officer handling the application as soon as possible. The Committee will consider your comments along with the other planning issues relating to the case. The Committee are not bound by the planning officer’s recommendation. It may grant or refuse planning permission.

 

The decision notice will be available to view on-line.

Only the applicant can appeal against the decision but, if an appeal is made, you will be notified and will then have the opportunity of making further representations to the Government Planning Inspector dealing with the appeal.

Page updated on: 03/05/2016

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