To see the current plans, click this link: Current Planning. We would urge residents, particularly in the Pound Court area, to look at MO/2017/1146 as the proposed M & S illuminated signs to the rear and side are huge and might well impact upon their quality of life. The Residents' Association has objected but other affected residents should also object and request the signs are either made smaller, or as a compromise placed on timed switches so they turn off after say 11pm a night.
The Standing Committee’s guiding principles when considering planning applications are:
- We review and comment only after a planning application appears on the MVDC running list.
- We do not canvass residents’ opinions as this has the potential to involve us in disputes between neighbours.
- We avoid placing ourselves in a position that requires conflict management or sets up an expectation that we will favour one resident's view against that of another. We leave those issues to the Case Officers and Councillors.
- If residents have concerns they can raise them directly with us and we will take their views into account – but not necessarily follow their direction.
- We comment solely on aspects covered by planning policy.
In July 2009 the ARA became aware that residents in the vicinity of a planned development are often unaware of the scheme under consideration for Planning Permission. Councils have to advertise planning applications under Article 8 of the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995. This makes it mandatory to advertise an application "in a newspaper circulating in the area." Presently Mole Valley publicise planning applications in The Advertiser but this newspaper is not widely read.
The Government is also undertaking an experiment to scrap this requirement and presently the London Borough of Camden no longer follow the Rule. The Residents' Association believes residents should be made aware of planning applications that may affect their way of life and thus it is proposed to replicate the Council's weekly running list on this web site.
Please note that whilst we will endeavour to keep this up to date, it must be appreciated that this is a voluntary service and holidays and other duties may intervene to prevent the site from being updated. The definitive reference should always be Mole Valley Council's own web site http://www.molevalley.gov.uk. Search under "Planning/Building".
If you would like further information, please call 01306 879102, or visit MVDC at the Pippbrook Offices (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5:00pm).
Some residents have asked for guidance on what to include in letters to the Council relating to Planning Applications. The general advice is to let Planning Officers know your concerns. Officers will relate concerns to planning policy and report accordingly.
Your attention is drawn to the Access of Information Act, 1985, which requires that all letters of representations must be made available for inspection and/or copying if requested, by any member of the public and kept for that purpose, for a period of four years. Also, should there be an appeal by the applicant against the Council’s decision, your letter(s) will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. All letters received on planning applications will be available for public inspection at the Council Offices, Pippbrook, Dorking.
In making comments on the planning application, it would be helpful if your views could be directed to relevant planning issues. Please note that any duplicated letters will be treated as a petition and, as such, will not be acknowledged individually.