The Parish Council is not the local planning authority. The Vale of White Horse District Council is responsible for most local planning matters and determines the majority of planning applications. Oxfordshire County Council also has some responsibility, but only for minerals and waste issues.
The Parish Council is consulted by both Councils on planning applications submitted in Charney Bassett, and sometimes on applications nearby. It is also consulted on policy documents including Local Plans.
The District and County Councils both prepare Local Plans and these provide the main guidance on where development should, and should not, take place.
Parish Councils are able to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. Charney Bassett started to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan but in 2015, when it became clear that the village was to be designated as ‘open countryside’ in the District Local Plan, the Neighbourhood Plan was abandoned in favour of a Community-Led Plan.
The Community-Led Plan was adopted in 2017 and is taken into account in the determination of planning applications. Applicants are therefore encouraged to include measures in their proposals that might address issues raised in the Community-Led Plan. There is a particular concern over road safety throughout the village and there is a list of measures that the Parish Council believes will lead to improvements.
The Parish Council’s aims and objectives might also be relevant.
The Parish Council normally has 21 days to respond to the Vale Council when consulted on a planning application. Applicants wishing to discuss proposals with the Parish Council as part of the pre-application process should first contact the Parish Clerk.
Where possible, consultation responses to formal applications will be considered at a full meeting of the Parish Council (see timetable of meetings). Where this is not possible, Parish Councillors can express comments individually and a coordinated response is authorised by the Chair (see Standing Orders).
The District Council normally notifies residents who may be affected by a planning application so, to avoid confusion, the Parish Council will not normally do this. When submitting comments to the District Council, residents may still wish to send a copy to the Parish Council as this can help with the formulation of its response.
A record of recent planning applications in Charney Bassett can be found in the Charney Bassett Planning Register. Details of plans and relevant documents, including those for earlier years, can be found at – http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/services-and-advice/planning-and-building/find-application/planning-decision-register
Not all new development needs planning permission. This is for the District Council to decide. But it should be remembered that building work can cause disturbance – albeit temporary. So, even where planning permission is not required, neighbours might still appreciate some notification before any work starts.
4th June 2020