The Parish Council is a statutory consultee on all planning applications within its parish boundaries. Each week the Clerk is advised of new applications and, provided the statutory timescales will not elapse beforehand, these are included on the next Council Meeting agenda for discussion.
At the Council meeting there is an opportunity under ‘public questions’ for residents to make representation concerning any application. Such representation will then be considered by Council Members when the relative agenda item is later debated and prior to their making a decision as to whether they feel comments should be made to Pendle Borough Council who finally decide the applications.
Due to the timing of Parish Council meetings and the statutory timescales on applications, some applications would fall out of time before the next meeting of the Parish Council and inclusion on the next agenda would therefore not suffice. In such cases, the Clerk sends out an earlier notification to Councillors which will also be posted under Notices. In these cases, no representation will be made unless an individual Councillor or resident contacts the Clerk so that he/she may consider what appropriate procedures may be followed.
Residents are able to access planning applications & weekly lists on the Pendle Planning website. www.pendle.gov.uk/planning then by selecting Planning Applications / How to view and comment on a planning application / Planning system / Enter details i.e. Postcode.
If any resident has concerns or objections on any application it is recommended that they contact the Clerk who can advise on the best way to deal with their concerns.