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What are relevant planning considerations?

Relevant or material planning considerations are matters that can be taken into account in the determination of a planning application.

Relevant considerations can include (but are not limited to):

  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
  • Loss of light or overshadowing
  • Parking
  • Highway safety
  • Traffic
  • Noise
  • The effect on a Listed Building and/or a Conservation Area
  • Layout and density of building
  • Design, appearance and materials
  • Government policy
  • Disabled persons' access
  • Planning Policy within the Development Plan
  • Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)
  • Nature conservation

The following matters are generally not considered material or relevant:

  • Loss of view
  • Negative effect on the value of properties
  • Issues covered by other laws e.g. Licensing, Building Control, Health and Safety Regulations
  • Private property rights (e.g. boundary or access disputes)
  • The developer's morals, motivation or activities
  • Competition between businesses