Long Compton Parish Council Planning Process

Long Compton Parish Council is consulted by Stratford upon Avon District Council on all planning applications that impact our village. Any views expressed by the Parish Council will be taken into consideration before a decision is made. Our Councillors look at all Long Compton applications, some of which may need a site visit. The Parish Council may also call a public meeting to discuss any significant issues or causes for concern.

When making a planning application we ask that the status of Long Compton as a Conservation Area within the Cotswold Natural Landscape (formerly AONB) is noted and that close attention is paid to the following:

Planning applications are examined against set criteria, and the Parish Council can only comment on what are known as material considerations (see examples below). These have to be discussed and approved at Parish Council meetings. It is always helpful if applicants attend the meeting at which their project will be discussed to answer any questions/allay any concerns. The final decision on planning applications is made by the Planning Authority not the Parish Council, in our case Stratford Upon Avon District Council.

Planning ScenariosProcess
District Council officers and the Parish Council agreeDistrict Council will typically endorse the joint recommendation
District Council officers and the Parish Council disagreeThe matter is referred to a full meeting of the District Council planning committee. Officers and Parish Council representatives are able to speak, as are the applicants and interested members of the public. Discussions and decisions are made in public by the planning committee.
Applicants are unhappy with a District Council planning decisionApplicant is able to appeal to the Central Government Planning Inspectorate and ultimately to the Secretary of State. The Parish Council has no similar right to appeal.

Examples of Material Considerations

  • The Neighbourhood Plan and any review of the Neighbourhood Plan which is underway.
  • Adopted supplementary guidance – for example, village design statements, conservation area appraisals, car parking standards.
  • Replies from statutory and non-statutory agencies (e.g. Environment Agency, Highways Authority).
  • Representations from others – neighbours, amenity groups and other interested parties so long as they relate to land use matters.
  • Effects on an area – this includes the character of an area, availability of infrastructure, density, over-development, layout, position, design and external appearance of buildings and landscaping
  • The need to safeguard valuable resources such as good farmland or mineral reserves.
  • Highway safety issues – such as traffic generation, road capacity, means of access, visibility, car parking and effects on pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Public services – such as drainage and water supply
  • Public proposals for using the same land
  • Effects on individual buildings – such as overlooking, loss of light, overshadowing, visual intrusion, noise, disturbance and smell.
  • Effects on a specially designated area or building – such as green belt, conservation areas, listed buildings, ancient monuments and areas of special scientific interest.
  • Effects on existing tree cover and hedgerows.
  • Nature conservation interests – such as protection of badgers, great crested newts etc.
  • Public rights of way
  • Flooding or pollution.
  • Planning history of the site – including existing permissions and appeal decisions.
  • A desire to retain or promote certain uses – such as playing fields, village shops and pubs.
  • Need for the development
  • Prevention of crime and disorder
  • Presence of a hazardous substance directly associated with a development
  • Human Rights Act