Professional Representations Service

 

As part of most planning applications, neighbours are notified and invited to comment by the Local Planning Authority (LPA). Where you are concerned that a proposed development near you will negatively affect you and your property, we can help you make an effective letter of objection to it, using appropriate policies, guidance and evidence to point out the flaws in the scheme. Alternatively, if you think a scheme will be beneficial to you, your property or the area (such as helping to regenerate the area), we can help you support the development through creating an effective, referenced letter of support.


Whichever way you feel regarding a proposal in your area, the LPA is statutorily obliged to take all comments from neighbours into account when assessing the proposal. Our planning consultant's experience of previously working for LPA's confirms that such comments are an important influence on how thoroughly schemes are scrutinised, the number of issues considered and the amount of Council interest in the proposal. This previous experience will be brought to bear in the comments that we can develop for you.


Our Professional Representations Service includes:


  A review of your interest in the scheme, and the points that you wish to get across
  A discussion with you about what points you wish to raise, including what can be given weight by the LPA and issues which are less important. An agreement on the broad issues that the letter will cover will be reached following this discussion.
  A comprehensive review of the proposal, including its consideration in the context of national, regional and local policies and guidance, its unique site circumstances, how the proposal would relate to you and your neighbours' properties and its effect on the broader context.
  Development of a draft letter by us, which is submitted to you for your review, comment and approval.
  The draft letter is altered and finalised in line with your requirements and comments.
  The letter is submitted to the Council.

 

The time-scale for all of the above will be necessarily short in order to ensure that the letter is submitted to the Council within the statutory time-frame (which is usually 21 days from the date of the Council notification letter). Any letter sent after the statutory time-frame is usually still accepted by the Council, but they are not obliged to consider it.


To see our fixed fees for our Professional Representations Service, with no hidden costs, please click HERE.

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