The Parish Council is consulted on planning applications in the village by the Local Planning Authority- usually South Northamptonshire Council. Members of the public are welcome to attend and make comments during the public part of the meeting. All applications can be seen either at the Council Offices in Towcester or by arrangement with the Clerk. A useful free Planning Explained guide is also available from NALC.
You may also find details of current planning applications and their status at the South Northants planning register
In the section 'Choosing Applications To View', select the top button labelled 'Enter Search Criteria' and then press the 'Continue' button. On the next page move your cursor down to 'Parish' click on the arrow to the right of that box, select 'Moreton Pinkney' from the list of parishes given and then press the 'Search' button at the bottom of the page. This will bring up the relevant list of planning applications, with most recent first. Click on the Application Number to view more details such as the applicant, neighbours etc. You may download and view any plans that have been submitted and record comments by using the link at the bottom of the page
Local Planning - Parish Council Comments
The development should be compatible in terms of type, scale, siting, design and materials within the existing character of the locality; it should possess a satisfactory means of access and provide adequate parking, including for the disabled;
- It does not result in the loss of undeveloped land, which in the opinion of the local planning authority, is of particular significance to the form and character of the settlement;
- It will not unacceptably harm the amenities of any neighbouring properties;
- It is neither of a hazardous nature nor likely to cause problems of pollution, noise, vibration, smell, smoke, discharge or fumes;
- It is sympathetic to the quality and character of any buildings listed as being of special architectural or historic importance or its setting;
- It does not harm the character, appearance or setting of a conservation area;
- It incorporates suitable landscape treatment as an integral part of the planning of the development;
- It provides satisfactory soil and surface water drainage.
In making its comments, examples of invalid considerations are devaluation of property; loss of private view; loss of business; breach of restrictive covenant; applicant not the owner of the site; access not owned by the applicant; owner of access objects; moral reasons; building construction matters; development has already been carried out (a retrospective application).
Local Planning - Parish Council Contraints
Parish Council comments are constrained by the Town and Country Planning Act (1947, 1990) and the Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas Act (1990).
While the Council is able to participate in the public consultation of planning applications it has no input to building control matters which covers fitness / durability of materials, fire safety, weather resistance, structural stability, sanitation & drainage or access and facilities for people with disabilities.
The purpose of planning covers change of use, protecting the public interest, to avoid conflict with other forms of development (by way of noise, traffic, appearance, pollution, use, safety etc), to ensure it is sustainable by way of services (transport, health facilities, schools, leisure etc) and to ensure the preservation of the countryside by way of listed buildings, conservation areas etc.