Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council

Planning Committee

Next meeting - TBA

Agenda attached below.

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Planning Committee

 Chair of Planning Committee; David Woolley

Planning meetings are held when necessary, usually one a month and details of forthcoming meetings are provided on the website and on parish notice boards. Planning meetings are  held in the committee room of the church in West Overton or the Kennet Valley Hall at 7.00 pm. 

Planning Application Notifications

Planning application notices (green signs) are displayed near to the relevant site by Wiltshire Council and details are included on the website; http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-new .  The Parish Council  also displays applications details on its website under the Planning section.

 Planning Process

Parish Councillors must maintain an independent, impartial view until the Council has considered and debated each application in the relevant planning meeting.  Consequently Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council has established a procedure for reviewing applications as follows. 

  • Every application is reviewed by the relevant village representative to determine if a site visit is necessary and seeks agreement from the Chairman.  
  • Small and uncontroversial applications are recommended for support under the Council’s  ‘delegated powers’ arrangements without the need for visit.
  • Site visits are undertaken by two Parish Councillors; one from the village in which the application has been made and one from another village to ensure that the Council adopts a broad perspective
  • The two Councillors present their independent report about the application to the Planning meeting which is held in public for consideration by the full Council

 Current Planning Policies;

The Parish Council is a consultee in the planning process and does not make the final decision regarding planning applications. The approval or rejection of applications is made by  Wiltshire Council which is the local planning authority. The Parish Council’s role is merely to indicate its support or objection after considering the details and taking a vote or obtaining general consensus. We also submit comments if necessary however Wiltshire Council’s final decision may not reflect the Parish Council’s recommendations.

In deciding our position on any planning application we are guided by the Local Plan set out for Kennet District and still used as a guide notwithstanding the change to a Unitary Authority in 2010. Major aspects are:

·Policy PD1 ...’ Scale, height and massing...’; ‘relationship to landscape...’; ‘building materials, colour and detailing’;’ impact on residential amenity..’

·Policy HC 25 replacement of existing dwellings ‘...closely related to the footprint of the dwelling being replaced...’; ‘..scale not significantly larger than original structure’:

·Policy NR7 ‘...landscape character and views and visual amenity’.

·(In part of Lockeridge only) Policy HH5 Conservation Area ‘preserve or enhance character or appearance of Area’

The Village Design Statement may also be helpful in drawing up plans.

It may help applicants to be aware of the guidance Wiltshire Council gives on the factors that are relevant in making the planning decision.

Relevant issues where planning applications are considered include:

The following are not relevant planning matters, and cannot be considered

Development plan policy

Effect on the value of property

Government guidance

Loss of a private view

Highway safety and traffic

Inconvenience or other problems caused by building works

Design, appearance and layout

Matters covered by other laws

Effect on the level of daylight and privacy

Private property rights

Conservation of buildings, trees and open land

The developer's morals, motives of past record

Need to safeguard the countryside

Possible future development

Noise disturbance and smells

The fact development may have started


Trade objections based on competition


Moral objections

Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from Planning Officials in Wiltshire Council and/or the relevant people in the North Wessex AONB Office in Hungerford who can advise on suitable materials and impact on landscape.