New planning applications are a standing item on the agenda for monthly Parish Council meetings. The Parish Council is not delegated by law to make final decisions on planning applications, but is invited to submit comments to the District Council (The Planning Authority).
The Parish Council is a statutory consultee which means the planning authority circulates new planning applications to the parish clerk. The Parish Council then has the option to comment by the deadline. The Parish Council is not obliged to comment, but if it so decides, the clerk forwards the agreed comment after council meetings.
Delegation to the clerk
In circumstances where the deadline for the receipt of comments on a new application falls before the date of the next council meeting, the clerk is delegated under special powers to circulate details to councillors separate from a council meeting to invite comment. The clerk collates the final comment that the council agrees by email and forwards this to the planning authority by the deadline.
The Planning Authority
Stroud District Council is the planning authority. Full details are available on this web link: https://www.stroud.gov.uk/environment/planning-and-building-control. This site includes: pre-planning application advice, planning applications including details of comments submitted, and planning policies.
New Planning Policies
In 2020 the government initiated a fairly fundamental review of strategic planning policies that will affect the way planning decisions are made in the longer term future. These proposals are currently out to consultation with various bodies. The Parish Council is kept regularly informed of such new proposals through its own advisory bodies and considers and submits comments if appropriate.
Clerk, September 2020