The Council does not acknowledge comments in writing because of the number of comments received.
However, if you have commented on an application (or if you
were originally notified of the proposal) and a decision is to be made by the Planning Committee
(rather than by the Head of Planning Services) you will be informed of
the meeting date.
Any letters submitted are open to be viewed and copied by the
applicant or other members of the public and as such cannot be treated
as confidential or kept private. This is to conform with the
requirements of Section 100(1) of the Local Government Act 1972.
Taking account of your views
The Council takes into account all written representations it receives, but it can only make its decision on planning grounds.
By law, certain matters must be considered. This is not a definitive list but they include:
Local Planning Policies - the Oldham Unitary Development Plan (UDP) sets out the Council's planning policies
Government Advice as set out in circulars, planning policy guidance notes/statements (PPGs/PPSs) and Regional planning guidance
Comments from neighbours
Comments from consultees
The Council can only take into account those comments that are directly relevant to the planning process such as:
Loss of amenity
Matters that cannot be taken into account include:
Reduction in property values
Loss of views
Private rights of way
Disturbance during construction
These are issues that should be pursued separately, either as a private legal matter or through other legislation.