Where do Parish Councils fit in?
Do parish councils grant planning permission?
No. Parish councils are not Planning Authorities so they cannot approve or reject applications.
Why does the Council look at applications?
Town and parish councils are statutory consultees in the planning process.They can comment on planning applications in the same way that individuals can comment and will be able to use local knowledge to inform the response.
How does the Council decide?
The Parish Council will consider the application at a full Parish Councilmeeting, or at a Planning Committee meeting. These meetings are held in public and there will usually be an opportunity for members of the public to speak. The Council will use planning policy documents and guidance to help decide whether it should support, object or provide comments on an application.