This is an aid to helping you know who makes the decisions in these large planning applications and consequently who we will need to target.

NATIONAL

  • GOVERNMENT
  • REGION
  • COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILS

IN THE SOUTH WEST.

  • GOVERNMENT
  • SOUTH WEST REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
  • LOCAL PLANNING AUTHORITY (DISTRICT COUNCIL)

POLICIES.

  • NATIONAL PLANNING POLICES (CABINET – HAZEL BLEARS)
  • REGIONAL SPATIAL STRATEGY – currently in draft form and due to be published by the Sec of State (Hazel Blears) soon
  • DISTRICT COUNCIL – LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK

Plans for any new development have to go through the local planning authority. For Tewkesbury, this is Tewkesbury Borough Council, and for Cheltenham, Cheltenham Borough Council. Where the development straddles two authorities, it will need to go to both. If an application fails to get planning permission, then the applicant(s) can appeal. Members of a planning committee must not declare for or against of the scheme prior to formally considering it at committee.

The planning system is changing. The new system is called the Local Development Framework. This will outline the strategy for the area, and planning applications have to conform with it. It in turn has to conform to the Regional Spatial Strategy.

In both Cheltenham and Tewkesbury the LDFs have not yet been agreed – they are seen as ‘emerging’.

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