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A handy guide to writing a good planning objection letter

April 8th, 2012  |  Published in Resources

If you are intending to write your own objection letter then this handy guide sets out how to do it.

The key is to object on PLANNING grounds rather than general statements of personal impact. A general document (750kb) can be found here.

If you need any help then email help@hampdenfieldsactiongroup.com. Remeber that each person (including children~) should send their own letter.

When helping your neighbours please ask for the email addresses of every adult in the dwelling to sign up to the Action Group so those numbers can be used when we are objecting to AVDCs Planning Dept. Objectors are counted against supporters, so their numbers can matter.


Localism Act 2011

Planning http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2011/20/part/6/enacted  it places a duty on local authorities to co-operate in relation to planning of sustainable development.  Given that permission has been given for over 10k houses in the Vale, AVDC have already met that duty fully and there is no evidenced need for further development. It is evident that the Consortium are attempting to push through this application before the Planning and Environment Departments next workstream comes into effect to :-
“Maintain the Green Belt, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and other environmental protections, and create a new designation to protect green areas of particular importance to local communities, as part of the Localism Bill”


Suggested reasons for objections in descending order of success factors 

  1. It has been turned down before.
  • “It would represent an outward extension of built development beyond the planned limits of Aylesbury Town into open countryside resulting in a visual intrusion into the countryside and a coalescence of settlements to the detriment of the appearance and character of the area.”
  • “The development proposed would result in the irreversible loss of a substantial area of best and most versatile agricultural land.” (3A and 3B agricultural land.)
  • “The Local Planning Authority is not satisfied that the development can be accommodated on the existing highway network without detriment to the free flow of traffic.”
  1. It is out of Character for the area
  2. It affects the privacy of neighbours
  3. It is building on private green space that adds to a feeling of spaciousness
  4. Traffic generation, highway safety, noise and disturbance resulting from use
  5. Development will encourage car use and on-street parking  (see existing new Hampden Hall estate)
  6. Negative impact on visual amenity (but not loss of private view)

Other points that can be objected on include:-

  • Layout and density of building
  • Hazardous materials
  • Smells
  • Loss of trees and hedgerows
  • Effect on listed building and conservation area
  • Design, appearance and materials
  • Landscaping
  • Local, strategic, regional and national planning policies
  • Government circulars, orders and statutory instruments
  • Disabled persons’ access
  • Compensation and awards of costs against the Council at public enquiries
  • Proposals in the Development Plan
  • Nature conservation
  • Archaeology










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