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THE SOUTH HAMS GUIDES TO PLANNING
If you want to write a good quality planning objection letter, the best place to start is with all of the facts. The best place to find them in is in the planning application, which is held in the Council’s planning office.
Next you’ll need a basis of objection founded on valid, material planning reasons. Hearsay, speculation, allegation and rumour need to be completely ignored – focus on the facts and you’re half way there! Remember, a strong opinion does not make it a fact !
It is the soundness of the points, particularly regarding ‘material planning considerations’, that are raised, rather than the number of comments, which are important in the planning Case Officer’s assessment of the application and the final decision.
In writing a letter of objection, the biggest mistake can be making your letter too personal. It is tempting to do that when you feel strongly or outraged about the proposal. But it will only weaken your case if you include points that have no relevance to the lawful planning guidelines that planners will weigh the proposal against.
The key is to find out which are the pertinent material matters and stick to them. Be sure you keep your objection letter business-like and relevant, and communicate with the planning officer in a language they will understand.
While planning applications are often prepared by experienced professionals, it is not unknown for well researched and considered letters of objection, from ‘interested parties’ with no experience of the planning system, to stop a proposed development or to bring about improvements in it’s design that protect our environment and benefit the wider community.
Here is the South Hams Society Guide to Planning