Planning Success – Residents Group Chester-le-Street

A residents group contacted Planning House requesting assistance with compiling an objection against a planning application.  Comprising artificial grass pitch  with perimeter fencing,  LED lighting columns, and hard standing areas at a school in Chester-le-Street.

In this instance the group needed help on how to object to a planning application.


Issues relating to the harm on the local highway network in terms o traffic and parking, noise, disturbance and heritage issues were key consideration.

So what are valid reasons to object to planning applications?  Local Planning Authorities can only consider ‘material planning considerations’ when looking at comments and objections to a development proposal. View our guide to What are Material Planning Considerations? 

It is important not to be a NIMBY (Not In MY Back Yard objector) when commenting on a development proposal. Take a look at our blogs How to object to a planning application without being a NIMBY and Everyone if a NIMBY where we give top tips for avoiding the title of NIMBY.

The Result

Durham County Council Planning Team had recommended approval of the application.  However the arguments against the development were compelling.   As well as providing a town planning view on the application we recommended iPRT Transport Planning to provide highways advice on the planning application.  Much to the delight of our client, the committee ultimately refused the application.

Thank you Durham Planning Committee Members for supporting the residents!

While this refusal represented a win for our client, it may not be the final outcome.  The applicant has the option to appeal the committee’s decision.  So while our third-party group achieved success at this stage, the process may continue as the applicant could still pursue an appeal.

Related Content

A town planner is not always necessary. If you’re unsure whether you need assistance from a town planner, review our blog  When to Hire a Town Planner.  Or our download a Guide on How to Choose a Town Planner.

Planning committee meetings can seem intimidating for those without experience in the process.  Our blog How Planning Applications are Decided – Delegated v Committee provides basic information on what to expect during a planning committee meeting.

Should an appeal be pursued, understanding the appeals process is important. We have published a free eBook titled Free eBook on Basics of Appeals that outlines the appeals procedure.

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