What powers do Parish Councils have with respect to planning applications?

Parish Councils are consulted by the relevant Planning Authority (which could be either the District/Borough Council, the National Park Authority or the County Council) on all planning applications. Any views expressed by the Parish Council will be taken into account by the Planning Authority before a decision is made, providing the points made are relevant to the determination of a planning application. The final decision is made by the Planning Authority, not the Parish Council.

Planning Consultations for the Parish of Flax Bourton

Details of planning applications are available through the North Somerset Council planning portal (external link).

North Somerset Council Local Plan 2038

NSC are preparing a new local plan to take the place of the Core Strategy and Sites and Policies Plan. Further details of the their strategies, consultations and plans can be found here on the North Somerset Council website.

Planning Information & Advice

The Campaign to Protect Rural England’s (CPRE) website provides useful information and advice about the planning process and how to comment on an application. The eight-step guide will help you find out more about a planning application, support it or challenge it. There are sample letters that you are welcome to use to object or support an application. Link to the CPRE website. (external link).

Download the CPRE guide here: How to respond to planning applications (external link).

If you have any questions about local planning in the Parish please contact the Parish Clerk.