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Raymond Ashall BA Hons Dip EP MRTPI

Chartered Town Planner

Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute

Objecting to a planning application

You have the right to object to any Planning Application that might affect you but there is a limited time in which to do so and therefore time is of the essence.

In most circumstances this will be in the form of a written submission, although if the Planning Application is scheduled for determination by the Planning Committee there is also the potential to object in person or by appointing a representative at the committee meeting.

Any objection should be based on valid planning grounds and this can be most effectively accomplished by appointing Professional Planning Consultants.

As an example of how effective our planning objection reports can be we recently produced two in relation to two separate planning applications for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s). Indeed, in  one of the cases the planning officer dealing with the case sought our permission to forward the whole document to the applicant as the issues we raised were so comprehensive.

As a direct result of our formal objection reports both planning applications were withdrawn by the applicants concerned within 7 days of our objection statements being sent to the planning departments and our clients who were objecting to the applications were very happy.

In another report relating to a proposed restaurant we brought to the attention of the LPA significant shortcomings in the applicant’s ‘transport assessment’ - that again resulted in the application being withdrawn.

These 3 cases highlight the importance and value of a professional objection report.

Some of our Testimonials relating to formal objections submitted by Ashall Town Planning on behalf of our clients.

“We engaged Ray Ashall in November 2013 to help us object to what seemed to us to be an inappropriate development on land next to our rural property in North Staffordshire.

Time was short but Ray came to see the situation and rapidly assessed what the applicant's ambitions really were. His analysis and report were key to the proposal being rejected.

Ray maintained contact with the planning authority right through the process and was able to further intervene even with last minute changes made by the applicant which he rightly described as purely cosmetic.

We really appreciated a fully professional service and whole heartedly recommend Ray to anyone needing expert help on planning issues”.

“I'd recommend Ashall Town Planning to anybody objecting to a planning application.

We contacted Ray because a property developer bought a house with half an acre of garden in our road. He received pre-application confirmation from the planning department that, in principle, they had no objections to him knocking down the existing house and building three new houses with access roads etc.

This would have destroyed the ambience of the road and lead to other properties suffering the same fate.

Ray looked at the planning application from a professional planners view and wrote a letter of objection for us.

The result was the application was rejected outright as it couldn't be amended to satisfy the valid objections raised.”

“My husband and I were recently faced with a situation where our next door neighbours were seeking planning permission for a significant development which would not only have had a major effect on our lives but also would have changed the character of the neighbourhood.  

We appointed Ray Ashall to advise us.

Ray's response was swift.  He visited the site within a couple of days and a day or two later submitted an extremely well argued and well presented letter of objection to the Planning Authority.

Shortly afterwards, the planning application was withdrawn.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Ray to anyone dealing with a planning issue”.

Planning Objection Statement regarding Restaurant / Bar  

   “Many thanks for the information you have provided regarding the application withdrawal.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the the hard work and highly professional service you      provided, I do not think that without your input and excellent service this would have been achieved”.

Formal report and objection to planning application for House in Multiple Occupation (Following our objection being submitted to the LPA the planning application was withdrawn a week later).

    “We were very happy with the timely response and the extent and professionalism of your report”.

Do you wish to object to a planning application affecting you?