Windlesham Parish Council

Windlesham Parish Council

 
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The role of Surrey Heath Borough Council

The Planning process is managed by Surrey Heath Borough Council who receives, assesses and approves/rejects planning applications. The Parish Council also reviews all planning applications and can formally object to applications and has done so on a frequent basis. If we object to a planning application this results in the application being heard by the full Borough Council Development Management Committee, which provides an opportunity for the Parish Council to make representations in person at the Committee. The Parish Council has a planning committee which is open to the public and we welcome residents to attend and voice their concerns about specific planning applications.

Surrey Heath Borough Council have for some time been preparing their long term Local Plan which sets out their 20 year proposals for the area including the provision for additional house building. The Local Plan deals with strategic issues leaving detailed issues largely to be dealt with on a case by case basis. Inevitably this means that many detailed issues become a matter of subjective opinion, for instance is the development in character, too dense, too close to existing properties etc. These are typically the type of issues that concern residents and form the basis of our formal objections to planning applications.

 The role of the Parish Council

The Parish Council is not a Planning Authority and therefore does not determine planning applications. However the Parish Council is formally consulted by Surrey Heath Borough Council on all planning applications within the Parish. For further details on the role of the Parish Council on planning matters, please click here.

The Neighbourhood Plan

In order to avoid the apparent “Planning Decision Lottery” the Parish Council has for the last year or so been working alongside Windlesham residents to develop a Neighbourhood Plan which will contain detailed policies to deal with many of the issues that have given rise to historical objections. Once in place the Neighbourhood Plan policies will have a significant influence on decisions made by Surrey Heath Borough Council.

You can find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan here.

The Parish Council meets regularly with the Ward councillors to brief them on local issues and to explore how we can work more closely together to represent community views. Local Government is designed to be a “bottom up” structure where elected Councillors are in touch with their local communities and represent these views in decision making forums. It is therefore important that as well as letting the Parish Council know about issues of concern that residents contact their Ward Councillors and ask them to lend their support, this is particularly true of planning issues.

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 31 July 2017 12:15 )