A brilliant result in Dagenham, Essex.
Local residents were horrified last year when an application for a “Community Centre and Place of Worship sneaked through ,and was granted a years “trial run” permission.
They had to wait a year to oppose a new application , to remove the temporary conditions and grant permanent permission.
After two months of hard work , the application was refused.
Congratulations to all involved , a great result for the local community. Just shows what you can achieve !!
Welcome the final page.
If you lost at the Planning Hearing , there`s not much you can do ! You have no right of appeal , and unless you have 30k to fund a Judicial Review (and have evidence that the council acted illegally)…it`s over. Lick your wounds , have a pint and get ready for the next fight ! One positive note is that the applicants only have 3 years to start the work , after that they must reapply….so keep watching the site.
If you won at the Planning Hearing…congratulations !! Once you have sobered up , you should be aware that the applicants can appeal or resubmit !
Planning appeals are heard by the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol (and gets assigned a new reference number). The Inspectorate can over turn your council`s decision (don`t assume they will). Normally the applicants would have up to 5 months to start this process , and it may take 7 months or more to conclude. Keep monitoring the council website for details of any appeals , or you could phone the Planning Department. If it does go to appeal , you can then comment or write to the Case Officer in Bristol. Use your facebook page to publicise the appeal.
Be warned that the Planning Inspectorate website is crap , and antiquated
Very occasionally the applicants may resubmit. The new application must be significantly different to previous submissions , the Planning Officers are very strict. So keep checking the Planning Applications.
Well done for seeing it through to the end. It`s a great feeling when you win , and shit when you lose. You may have to chalk a few up to experience , but it`s worth it !
Good luck !!
Well done for reaching this stage !
Once the agenda is announced , you`ll need to do a bit of prep work:-
- Register your speaker(s) with the Democratic Services Officer.
- Help write the speeches , remember you may only get 2 minutes….so make sure all the key points get included.
- It`s considered to be disrespectful to the Chair if you over run , so a few timed rehearsals are always a good idea.
- Do not include non planning objections…especially race or religion !
- Consider speaking to the local press before the hearing , but try not to give the applicants too much info about your objections.
- Study the Case Officers report , you may have to shoot down some of their arguments ! Here`s an example.
It`s a public hearing , so get plenty of people there….the applicants will. At a number of recent hearings , the applicants have tried to intimidate speakers and supporters. Make sure your speakers are safe!
Normally the Case Officer will speak first , followed by the:-
- The applicant or his agent.
- Local councilors , who have an unlimited time to speak.
The Planning Committee will then discuss the case , and vote. The decision will be approve or refuse.
Hopefully you`ll get the right result , unless you are able to fund a Judicial Review….you have no right of appeal (unlike the applicant).