Town and parish councils are not planning authorities and cannot approve or reject any planning applications.
Councils like individuals may comment on any planning application.
It is important that only valid planning matters are commented on or referred to in a submission to the planning authority.
This 60 second guide is for residents, parish councillors and clerks who wish to gain a brief understanding of valid or material considerations regarding commenting on planning applications.
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This guide is intended to provide a general overview and is not definitive. If in doubt professional guidance should always be sought.
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