Petition for community appeal rights for planning

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) needs changing to allow community right of appeal and this could be led by allowing parish and town councils to lodge appeals against poor planning decisions. At present the appeal process is only available to the local planning authority and the developer submitting the plan. Where are the community rights of appeal?

Yorkshire Local Councils Associations has taken this up………….

FROM: SHEENA SPENCE
CHIEF OFFICER
YORKSHIRE LOCAL COUNCILS ASSOCIATIONS

To: Clerks and Chairmen of YLCA members.

Dear Clerk/Chairman

A PETITION TO GIVE LOCAL COUNCILS THE RIGHT TO APPEAL PLANNING DECISIONS

The lack of an appeal mechanism for local councils in the planning process has caused difficulties for a long time. This petition states that the planning system is unfair and is one of the few decision-making processes that gives no right of appeal to affected third parties. It calls on the Government to introduce a limited third party right of appeal by giving parish councils a right to appeal planning decisions to the Planning Inspectorate.

As your Council will be aware, under current rules, if a local planning authority refuses a planning application the applicant is allowed to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. If a planning authority approves an application, no one has the right to appeal. With the national presumption in favour of sustainable development throwing the planning system into disarray, in the interest of justice, the petition says that Government should give local councils the right to appeal planning decisions.

The petition needs to receive 10,000 signatures for the Government to respond. At the time of notifying Yorkshire parishes there were 3,900 signatures and as this is an issue that our member councils have we hope that your Council (and individual councillors) will be able to contribute.

The deadline for signatures is 19 April, 2016 and the petition can be accessed at: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110489

Yours sincerely

Sheena Spence
CHIEF OFFICER
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Yorkshire Local Councils Associations, York House, Outgang Lane, Osbaldwick, YORK, YO19 5UP. Tel: 01904 436622. Email: admin@yorkshirelca.gov.uk. Website: www.yorkshirelca.gov.uk