Hertsmere Borough Council moves to involve residents in planning applications

Council moves to involve residents more in planning

Council moves to involve residents more in planning

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

New rules have been introduced by a council to make sure residents are consulted on the planning applications that affect them.

At a full council meeting of Hertsmere Borough Council last week, councillors voted to update the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) to encourage residents to be involved in planning.

The SCI, which was first published in 2006, has been changed to mean that consultation on applications over 50 dwellings or 5,000 square metres non-residential floor space will be determined on the basis of the number of properties within a radius of the application site.

Another change is to increase the use of social media and other council communication mechanisms regarding planning applications.

Developers will also be required to set out details of how they have consulted with the local community as part of the information to be included in the planning application.

Councillor Harvey Cohen, portfolio holder for planning and localism, said: "The council already meets and exceeds its statutory obligations on public consultation on planning issues, but we want to do all we can to ensure we engage with the public on matters that they feel strongly about and have every opportunity to have their say proactively and before any key decisions are made."

The council post a weekly list of planning applications on Facebook.

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3:02pm Fri 31 Jan 14

garston tony says...

I think a worthy idea, however isnt the reality that anytime a developer is refused planning application this decision can be challenged by the developer by taking it to central government who can overturn the refusal?

It would be nice if local people and councils could genuinely make decisions on local applications without this potential for their decision to be overturned by someone miles away
I think a worthy idea, however isnt the reality that anytime a developer is refused planning application this decision can be challenged by the developer by taking it to central government who can overturn the refusal? It would be nice if local people and councils could genuinely make decisions on local applications without this potential for their decision to be overturned by someone miles away garston tony
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3:13pm Fri 31 Jan 14

TRT says...

Queue a plethora of 49 dwelling developments...
Queue a plethora of 49 dwelling developments... TRT
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10:40pm Fri 31 Jan 14

nikoakley says...

Using previously identified brownfield sites is one thing: Allowing the continued demolition of Hertsmere's heritage to facilitate developments by Heronslea is quite another. Better planning policy and a planning committee prepared to challenge the status quo will go a great deal further than a quasi consultation process. Anyone who follows Hertsmere's determination process cannot be anything other than horrified.
Using previously identified brownfield sites is one thing: Allowing the continued demolition of Hertsmere's heritage to facilitate developments by Heronslea is quite another. Better planning policy and a planning committee prepared to challenge the status quo will go a great deal further than a quasi consultation process. Anyone who follows Hertsmere's determination process cannot be anything other than horrified. nikoakley
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