Current and historic planning applications can be found on the West Berkshire Council website. The Parish Council is provided with a copy of all planning applications within the Parish and is given 3 weeks to respond with their observations.
Recent planning applications under consideration within the village
Spraywood, Southend, Brightwalton - application number 17/00432/HOUSE . Application for a single storey glazed extension on the side elevation of the house to replace a conservatory in the same location. Decision is due from the Parish Council on the 23rd March 2017 and will be discussed at the meeting on the 15th March 2017. Full plans can be viewed on the West Berkshire Council website by searching 17/00432/HOUSE.
Windy Ridge, The Green, Brightwalton - application number 17/00179/HOUSE. Application for a single storey rear extension, single storey side extension, new roof providing accommodation in the roof space, new car port, new entrance to site and external render to existing building. Parish Council returned a view of no objections with a number of notes to the Planning Department to consider / look into further. Full plans can be viewed on the West Berkshire Council website by searching 16/03439/HOUSE.
Lime Tree Farm, Brightwalton - application number 16/02461/FUL. Application to erect replacement stables and home office. Planning permission has been Granted by West Berkshire Council. Full plans can be viewed on the West Berkshire Council website by searching 16/02461/FUL
Early discussion of development plans is advisable
Brightwalton Parish Council is always pleased to have the plans presented by the owner or architect to them early within the planning stage. If you have plans that you wish to discuss please contact the Parish Council Clerk. Both the Parish Council and West Berkshire Council strongly advices applicants to discuss their plans with their neighbours prior to submitting the plans, this is an easy way to avoid hostility at a later stage.
Our Role in the process
The role of the Brightwalton Parish Council in the Planning Process Planning is such an emotive subject that we wanted to articulate the role of the Brightwalton Parish Council in this process and the way in which we look at any planning application.
In any planning application the West Berkshire Planning Team first consult the Global Policy documents and the Local Policy to see if there is any legislation that would be impacted by the application.
There are then 12 democratically elected members (of which we are but one) that have a vote on any given Planning Application.
A planning decision is never "black or white". There is always an element of subjectivity. For example a lot of the planning guidelines talk about "amenity value" which is impossible to define. What one individual views as being "a positive amenity value" is maybe a "negative impact on amenity value" for someone else.
Outline the Pros and Cons of an application and its impact on the wider Brightwalton Village as opposed to just the impact on the immediate neighbours. For example: Someone asking to build a garage might have a negative impact on the amenity value for the next door neighbour, that would need to be weighted up against a reduction in street parking near a busy junction.
Call out whether the application in some ways helps/encourages particular communities in the village. For example:
If the application is to create a home office, could support a village desire to see more people employed from home.
Smaller first time homes would support a communities desire to encourage more first time home ownership.
Our Approach The way we go about this is to be:
Objective not subjective
Weigh up the Pros and Cons of any application and come to a balanced conclusion.
Make recommendations that might help a decision making panel that are not familiar with Brightwalton and the immediate area.
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