Mill Hill Preservation Society
How to write a letter of objection
You can write a letter outlining your concerns against any planning
application. This letter has a strong impact with the Council as
you are objecting to something the Council has now officially logged and
has in hand. The Council will have given the application a reference
number and you need to quote this number in your letter.
If the LBB has served notice on you that a planning application has been
made affecting you, somewhere on the form there will be a date by which
any letters of objections have to be made. You need to comply with any
date given. You should also include you name and address on the reply as
well as the planning reference number.
To be absolutely fair, if you have no objections to a scheme then it is
perfectly reasonable to write to the Planning Department and express
your views in favour.
However, if you are objecting, your letter should be personal and as
factual as possible. Objections can be made in various ways and writing
to the Local Authority Planning Department and to your local Councillor
is the best combination for a complaint affecting you or your property.
We will not provide a prescriptive writing guide as the Council will
view ‘identikit letters’ as a singular objection; therefore please take
time to think about the issues concerned and express your individual
arguments clearly in the letter.
Your objection to an application may concern issues such as:
- a development that is out of scale and proportion to
- a development that uses forms and materials not in keeping
with the locality
- increased traffic volumes on an already busy road
- additional parking in an area where new parking will be
- pollution from extra cars, noise, and social inconvenience
of late night use
- a development that will result in unfair economic conditions
- a development not allowed in the Green Belt
- a development not allowed in the Conservation Area
- a development that involves the loss of mature trees worthy
- open space, hedges and wildlife will be affected
- a development that is not adapted to future climate changes
…there are no prescriptive reasons you have to cite as your
objections – whatever bothers you the most about the proposal is
what you should write about!
Although, in your opinion, the thought of an unsuitable development
will drive you mad, presenting your views in an articulate and
reasoned way is wise - always be polite if you communicate with the
Council. Planning Officers have to present the case for
consideration by the Planning Committee, who must make a decision in
accordance with current planning legislation.
Remember, the more individual letters received by the Council the
bigger the impact, so ask others that might be affected by the
development to write as well.
Of course the Council may decide to grant Planning Permission in
which case you will have to live with the decision. If in the event
that a scheme is refused by the Council then the applicant may go to
Appeal – in which case you may have to send your letter all over
again but this time using the Appeal reference, the address of the
Inspector who is hearing the appeal, and by the due date stated for
evidence in the hearing. For complicated issues ask someone on the
MHPS Committee for help.
John Living 2008