Advice and representation for individuals or local groups
Have you heard about a planning application that will affect you or a rumour that one is on its way?
The use of land, especially if it affects existing homes, businesses or much loved landscape, can be a highly emotive and controversial matter. It is vital to act strategically but it can be hard to think clearly. It is so easy to feel helpless but the system is there to be used and consultation is a key part of it.
As part of the planning process there is opportunity for objection before a decision is made. Objectors are usually occupiers of adjoining or nearby land who may feel very strongly that their property will be affected.
A “Notice of Proposed Development” consultation letter can be very worrying. Or it may be that you have heard rumours and are expecting an application for planning permission soon. You may be very concerned about the effect the development would have on you, your home, the landscape and perhaps the community in which you live or do business. It may affect your outlook, the value of your land, your quiet enjoyment of your property. Many of us feel rather helpless to influence bureaucracy and to understand the system and the law that underpins it. That is when you need a good, informed adviser, who can give you confidence, advise you on your strongest reasons to object and make sure you do not miss crucial deadlines.
We can advise individuals, local groups, or a Parish or Town Council. Of course we charge fees, although those fees can be shared by those who are on the same side. Written advice can be given or local meetings attended. It is often useful anyway for us to visit and see the area involved so that we can argue for you with knowledge of the site.
Planning is a political matter. It is easy to get lost in the system, overcome by the jargon and defeated by the politics. Consider coming to see us for a fixed fee consultation and we can give our initial view on your objections and strategy and you can decide the best way forward.
So the message is, if you want to have an influence on planning decisions: take our advice early on and be proactive.
For more information please contact Frances Barker at our Ipswich office on 01473 343911 or e-mail email@example.com