By law decisions have to be made in accordance with the local plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

A material consideration is something relevant to making the planning decision.  There isn’t a definite list but the examples give a useful guide:

Can include:

  • Supplementary planning documents
  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
  • Loss of light or overshadowing (no ‘right to light’)
  • Parking, highway safety and traffic
  • Noise
  • Effect on listed building and conservation area (+/-)
  • Layout and density of building
  • Design, appearance and materials
  • Nature conservation
  • Consultee comments
  • Previous planning decisions
  • Job creation
  • Viability

Does not include:

  • Negative effect on the value of properties
  • Land ownership or restrictive covenants
  • Applicant’s personal circumstances (unless exceptional such as relating to a protected characteristic)
  • Business competition
  • Too many already
  • Damage to property fears
  • Disturbance during building works
  • Other matters controlled under building regulations or other non-planning legislation
  • Loss of view