Suffolk Coastal District Council formally consults the Parish Council on all planning applications within the parishes, much of which is within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A searchable database of all planning applications within the Suffolk Coastal area is available at: http://planningpublicaccess.waveney.gov.uk/online-applications/ (please note this will open in a new browser window).
The Parish Council is given 21 days in which to respond, the timing starting from the date on the District Council notification letter. The District Council also notifies some of the immediate neighbours.The Parish Council felt there was a weakness in this arrangement as often not all neighbours affected by a development were notified by the District Council.
To strengthen this, the Parish Council devised its own more thorough arrangement.
Once a planning application is received:
Each meeting of the Parish Council Planning Committee is held in public. Immediately before the planning meeting is convened, all residents present are given the opportunity to state their views, which can range from the immediate impact, to the wider effect, or the setting of precedents. Once the decision is reached, it is notified to Suffolk District Council within the 21-day deadline.