Please note that any representations received in response to planning applications (either objections or supporting statements) must be made available for public inspection and therefore your comments will be viewable on our planning register as part of the available documentation associated with the planning application. This means we cannot treat such representations as confidential. You are not required to sign any letter you send. If you do not wish to have your signature displayed your printed name and address is sufficient. If you reply by email, your comments (with name and address) can be sent as an attachment to avoid display of your email address. If you do not provide, or do not wish your name and address to appear within the case file, then your comments will be considered anonymous and your views will not be taken into account. We also reserve the right to withhold from publication any comments or parts of comments not considered suitable for public view for reasons including offensive or personal content. This list is not exhaustive. The Council will only assess the planning issues relevant to the proposal. The following lists give some idea of what matters can or cannot be taken into account. Rugby Borough Council Planning Letter
Planning issues include: Compliance with approved planning policies Character of the area Loss of light Loss of privacy Noise and disturbance from the proposal Traffic generation and access Impact on the rural landscape Planning Issues DO NOT include: The impact on property values Boundary or other legal disputes Loss of view Restrictive Covenants Competition between traders Possible damage to property caused by building work Access for maintenance Rugby Borough Council Planning letter cont.
NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK (NPPF) GREEN BELT Green Belt serves five purposes: to check the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas to prevent neighbouring towns merging into one another; to assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment; to preserve the setting and special character of historic towns; and to assist in urban regeneration, by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land.
Inappropriate development Inappropriate development is, by definition, harmful to the Green Belt and should not be approved except in very special circumstances. When considering any planning application, local planning authorities should ensure that substantial weight is given to any harm to the Green Belt. ‘Very special circumstances’ will not exist unless the potential harm to the Green Belt by reason of inappropriateness, and any other harm, is clearly outweighed by other considerations. Renewable energy When located in the Green Belt, elements of many renewable energy projects will comprise inappropriate development. In such cases developers will need to demonstrate very special circumstances if projects are to proceed. Such very special circumstances may include the wider environmental benefits associated with increased production of energy from renewable sources.
PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS – MAST Planning Application ref R14/1106 Compliance with planning policies (or otherwise) particularly in relation to Green Belt Inappropriate development Impact on the rural landscape Each case to be considered on its individual merits, but mast is directly linked to wind farm proposal, and if no overriding need for wind farm, then no need for mast, hence no ‘very special circumstances’ exist If permission is granted, then request the following: Full 3 years’ data required to enable a comprehensive and proper analysis Results of monitoring should be published on a regular and frequent basis Bat monitoring should be undertaken to assess activity in the area
PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS – WIND FARM Compliance with planning policies (or otherwise) particularly in relation to Green Belt Inappropriate development Impact on the rural landscape If no overriding need for wind farm, then no ‘very special circumstances’ exist
Planning Considerations Wind Farm Continued Other/technical/environmental issues: Noise impact – including audible noise, amplitude modulation and infrasound Ecology – especially bats and birds Heritage/archaeology Agricultural land and soil quality? Shadow flicker and reflected light Interference with electromagnetic transmissions Recreation – enjoyment of countryside Likely extent of energy generation Access and traffic (and type of traffic and its routing) Safety Cumulative landscape and visual impacts “Up to 7 turbines” Relationship to other wind farms Intimation of more turbines at a later date* Afteruse – will land be restored to its previous state and use?