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What powers does Stisted Parish Council have with respect to planning applications?

Stisted Parish Council is consulted by the relevant Planning Authority (which is usually Braintree District Council) on all planning applications.  Any views expressed by the Parish Council will be taken into account by the Planning Authority before a decision is made, providing the points made are relevant to the determination of a planning application. 

The final decision is made by the Planning Authority, not the Parish Council.

Stisted Parish Council will only comment on what are known as “material considerations”.  Issues, for example, such as boundary disputes between neighbours or loss of views will not be considered.

Do parish councils grant planning permission?

  • Parish councils are not Planning Authorities.  Parish councils are only statutory consultees in the planning process.
  • This means that they only have the right to be informed of planning applications within the parish.
  • They cannot approve or reject planning applications.
  • They can only comment on planning applications in the same way that individuals can comment.
  • Consequently the length of time taken to determine a planning application is governed by the local planning authority not the parish council.
  • A parish council can request that it be given extra time to comment on an application.
  • The decision whether this is granted rests solely with the planning authority and it’s own deadlines for decision making.


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