Planning process – planning reasons for considering an objection


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When making comments on any planning application, all reasons you give must be planning reasons. So as to assist with your comments I have put together a tick list of valid planning reasons for objecting to any planning application:

Site considerations

  • over development
  • insufficient garden or amenity land
  • lack of private space
  • excessive bulk or scale
  • introducing unnatural features
  • spoiling natural or existing contours
  • incompatible with the design of existing buildings
  • loss of important trees, hedge or other vegetation
  • threatening a public right of way
  • insufficient parking spaces
  • failure to meet council’s access and on-site turning standards
  • loss of important wildlife habitats
  • harm to rare plants or animals
  • destroying traditional field patterns
  • loss of high-quality agricultural land
  • public sewers inadequate
  • risk of flooding or creation of flood risk
  • threat to health of occupants through previous contamination


Planning Policy

  • conflict with LDF Core Strategy or extant Local Plan policies
  • contrary to government planning policy guidance
  • not complying with council’s informal policy guidance
  • prejudice comprehensive development of an area
  • exceptional personal circumstances

Special Designation

  • loss of important Tree Preservation Order trees [n.b. most trees in a Conservation Area are automatically subject to TPO’s
  • ‘inappropriate development’ in Green Belt
  • harm to landscape of National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty / National Scenic Area
  • threat to wildlife or geological features of Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • conflict with character of Conservation area
  • damage to historic or architectural value of listed building
  • harmful to the setting of Listed Building
  • destroying archaeological remains or monuments

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Planning history

  • losing important social beneficial uses
  • reducing housing accommodation in areas of housing shortage
  • other applications refused and no change in circumstances
  • contrary to inspector’s views in previous appeal decision
  • incompatible with existing planning permission


  • overlooking adjoining properties
  • overshadowing
  • blocking natural daylight
  • generating noise, disturbance, smells, pollution
  • unsociable hours of operation

Surrounding Area

  • dominating nearby buildings
  • conflict with the pattern of development
  • poor relationship with adjoining buildings
  • visually damaging in the landscape or in the setting
  • conflict with the character of the area
  • environmental damage caused by vehicles
  • inconvenience for pedestrians
  • road system is inadequate
  • prejudice highway safety
  • loss of open spaces
  • losing historic street pattern
  • adverse affect on rural economy
  • adverse effect on economy or businesses
  • loss of employment or traditional industries
  • threat to viability and vitality of town centre
  • creating imbalance between jobs and homes
  • failure to meet housing needs
  • better alternative sites available
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