Alvechurch Parish Council’s advice and information for residents when commenting and/or objecting to Planning Applications
Who makes the Planning Decisions?
The determining Planning Authority for planning applications in our Parish is Bromsgrove District Council (BDC). Part of the process requires Alvechurch Parish Council (APC) to be consulted. The Parish Council’s Planning Committee considers each application and submits their comments to BDC within a prescribed timescale. These comments take the form of either ‘no objections’ or ‘objections’, with appropriate commentary.
BDC is obliged to deal with minor applications within 8 weeks of being formally registered or 13 weeks if it is a major application. There are two routes for applications to be determined. The first is under ‘delegated powers’ which means the decision is made by BDC Planning Officers. The second is decided by BDC’s Planning Committee (made up of District Councillors) at their monthly meeting and this is open to the public.
How can you comment or register your objections to an application?
You are welcome to attend our Planning Committee meetings to comment on any application. Details of this can be found on the first page of each monthly Agenda. You will find each month’s Agenda displayed in our office window, on the notice boards around the Parish and online. Alternatively, please contact the Assistant Clerk for further information on (0121) 447 8016.
If you do wish to support or object to a planning application, as well as sending your comments to Bromsgrove District Council and letting the Parish Council know, you can make immediate contact with your District Ward Councillor to share your views with him or her. Your Ward Councillor can then consider if the planning application ought to be determined by the Bromsgrove District Council Planning Committee, rather than be left for the Councils’ planning officers to determine the application under powers delegated to them by BDC’s Planning Committee.
Your District Councillor can ask for any application to be ‘called in’ to be determined by BDC’s Planning Committee, but strict timescales for this apply. It is therefore important that early contact with your District Councillor is made if you feel the application warrants such a course of action.
If the application of concern to you is to be determined by BDC’s Planning Committee, you may wish to attend their meeting. In addition, you can request to address the committee to voice your objections or support, with a maximum of 3 minutes to do so. However, you do need to request doing so in advance and arrangements will be made by the Committee’s Clerk according to the number of people wanting to address the Committee.
How can you view plans and contact the Parish Council regarding planning applications?
Plans can be inspected at the Parish Council Office at Ground Floor 1A, George Road, Alvechurch between 10 am – 12 pm, Monday - Thursday or on line using the following link:-
Who is my District Councillor in the Parish of Alvechurch and how do I contact them?
The Bromsgrove District Council Ward Councillors for our Parish are:-
Alvechurch South - Cllr J.M.L.A. Griffiths
Councillor Griffiths is currently unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances. If you need to contact a Councillor about any issues in Alvechurch South ward please contact Councillor Kit Taylor using the contact details accessible from the attached link:
Cllr C. B. Taylor
Phone:- 01527 879339
Mobile:- 07860 827318
Alvechurch Village – Cllr K. J. Van Der Plank
c/o Bromsgrove District Council
Mobile:- 07798 855246
Barnt Green and Hopwood - Cllr C. A. Hotham
26 Blackwell Road
Phone:- 0121 445 2930
Mobile:- 07944 808085