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Policing on Reviewing Planning Applications

As a proportion of total planning applications, we object to very few, certainly well under 1%.  However, when we do object it is often in respect of a high-profile case generating considerable publicity.  So the impression may easily, but wrongly, be given that we approve of little and object to much.  We do not generally object on grounds of design. We leave this to the neighbours and the Gosport Society whom we liaise with regarding conservation, heritage and design matters.

It is important to recognise that “objection” does not necessarily mean that we object to the entire plan.  Often, we have no dispute with the scheme as a whole.  It may, indeed, be only one detail that we would like changed.  Planning procedures, however, dictate that we must include the term “object” even if we only want one feature changed.  Recent application where we have made objections to the Council have involved development in a conservation area or buildings fronting onto one of Lee’s rear access ways.

For example in a recent and we believe import success for the planning team and Lee while of a relatively low profile the application was of major significance and we believe the resulting ruling a real success in preserving the character of Lee.  It was an application to build a property on a Lee Back Lane or Service Road, having its frontage, only access and parking exclusively from that back lane.  We objected on the grounds these service roads are not formally adopted nor suitable for regular traffic, neither ideal to front new residential development.  Gosport Planners supported our case with an initial planning refusal but this was taken to Appeal.  We expanded our case in writing to the Planning Inspector who upheld the case for refusal.  We believe this was a success in planning terms and an important principal in preserving the character of Lee.

It is important that we give consideration to applications in a conservation area or applications that do not meet the guidelines in ‘Gosport’s Local Plan.  We do generally meet with GBC planners on the larger applications eg Daedalus proposals.  Sometimes, (and, more usually, if the Council support our comments) the development can be persuaded to make changes.

We appreciate feedback on any planning issues and urge you to continue to write your own letters to Gosport Council whenever you feel strongly about any particular development.  Such letters do carry weight with the Regulatory Board that has the ultimate responsibility for the final decision.