Community Councils consider all planning applications which appear on the WCBC website as being within their boundary and they will send in an objection if they feel there are issues which fall within the range of reasons allowed for comment. No-one can comment on, or object to, a planning application just because they don’t like a plan; there are criteria within which anyone objecting must operate.
Wrexham County Borough Council has helpful Information on the planning part of their website. It explains:
Any issues or concerns you raise must only involve planning matters, such as:
- the impact of the development on the character and appearance of an area (for example position, size, grouping, height or design).
- the impact on residential amenity (for example hours of use, overlooking, over-dominance, noise, traffic).
- the impact on highway safety (for example poor visibility, pedestrian safety, parking).
- the planning policies and proposals written in the Wrexham Unitary Development Plan (‘UDP’) which identifies where development can take place.
- government planning advice (for example Technical Advice Notes) and previous appeal decisions.
Little or no weight can be given to comments that refer to non-planning matters, or purely private interests, such as:
- the personal characteristics of the applicant;
- disputes over the ownership of the land, private rights of way, private drains and other private easements or legal covenants;
- the effect of the proposal on property values or competition between rival companies, shops, restaurants etc;
- structural stability, drainage, fire precautions, hygiene and internal space – these are dealt with under other legislation such as the building regulations.
Comments of a racist nature will not be considered and may be referred to the police for investigation.
The Welsh Government has guidance on different aspects of the planning process which can be found at https://gov.wales/planning-guidance-for-the-public