The local Planning Authority for Pillerton Hersey is Stratford-on-Avon District Council. 

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The Role of a Parish Council on Planning Matters

The role of the Parish Council is to represent local views and should:

  • Provide local knowledge.
  • Raise areas of concern.
  • Inform, debate, and add value to the process.
  • Contact and involve District Councillors if required.

Parish Councils are statutory consultees in the planning process and must be informed of all planning applications, and any amendments to those applications, within the parish. The council can only comment on these planning applications in the same way as any other member of the public. Any discussion by the parish council regarding a decision must be conducted during a properly called public council meeting.

Members of the public attending the meeting can comment, speak in support of or object to any application during the ‘Public Forum’ part of the meeting, and not during the council’s deliberations later. However, they may be asked to provide clarity on details of the application during the PC’s deliberations at the invitation of the person chairing the meeting. Comments agreed in the council meeting are submitted in writing by the Parish Clerk to the relevant planning authority.

In reaching a decision, the local planning authority is required to weigh up all issues. This will include consideration of advice from statutory bodies e.g., English Heritage, Environment Agency, Highway Authority, etc.

The parish council is only a consultee and counts as one opinion. Whilst the local planning authority must consider the representations of the parish council this does not mean that an application will be decided in accordance with the views of the parish council.

Reasons for support or objection to an application should be objective, clear, concise, relevant, and accurate to stand a chance of being accepted. Comments can only made based on genuine material planning consideration and relevance to the development. Where possible the parish council can also quote polices in the Local Plan as these are the starting point for considering the merits of any application.

Material Planning Considerations include:

  • Layout, density.
  • Risk of flooding or pollution.
  • Being overlooked and loss of privacy.
  • Overshadowing and loss light (daylight/sunlight).
  • Access and traffic generation (highway safety).
  • Local economy.
  • Design, appearance and materials.
  • Appearance, effects on street, specially designated area or building (e.g. conservation areas, listed buildings, ancient monuments, etc.).
  • Adequacy of parking.
  • Noise and smell.
  • Landscape, contamination, loss of trees, etc.
  • Cumulative impact.
  • Past planning history or appeal decisions of the site.
  • Central government policy and guidance (National Planning Policy Framework, Planning Practice Guidance).

The following are NOT considered to be material considerations:

  • History of applicant.
  • Loss of view.
  • Commercial competition.
  • Change from previous scheme.
  • Impact on property value.
  • Restrictive covenants.
  • Ownership of land, right of access.
  • Noise & disturbance from construction work.
  • Land & boundary disputes.
  • Land ownership.
  • Damage to property.
  • Private rights of way.
  • Deeds & covenants.
  • Private issues between neighbours.
  • Lots of objectors.


The parish council may make recommendations for planning conditions to be added to the application should the local authority grant approval. Planning conditions will only be imposed by the local authority where they are:

  • Necessary
  • Relevant to planning and to the development to be permitted
  • Enforceable
  • Precise
  • Reasonable in all other respects