The Council then notifies third parties. There are several forms of notification, depending on the type of application. For standard applications such as change of use; applications submitted by a householder; or minor development of 10 or fewer dwellings, less than 1000m² floorspace or on a site less than 0.5 hectares, the Council:
- Puts a notice in the local press.
- Puts a copy of the application and all or most of the documents submitted with it on the planning pages of its website [insert link].
- Posts a “site notice” outside the property to which the application refers.
- Writes to the occupants of the properties adjoining the relevant property, but not to anybody further afield.
There is also a system to which residents can sign up by which they can be sent email alerts of planning applications in their vicinity – see www.rbkc.gov.uk. This is the best way to ensure you know what is happening in your area.
However, not all notifications are the same:
For planning applications for changes to listed buildings or for consent to demolish buildings in conservation areas, the Council does NO direct notification of neighbours.
For consent to display advertisements and for certification of lawful use (this when an applicant applies to the Council for a certificate to say that what they are proposing to do, or have done, comes under the rules on permitted development and does not need planning permission) the notification is ONLY on the website;
For consent to alter the appearance of a shop front including illumination the Council does not post a site notice, there is no requirement for public consultation and the notification is ONLY on the website;
If a planning application has been approved subject to planning conditions – eg that the applicant must submit detailed designs of certain features before going ahead – a notification of any variation or removal of the planning condition(s) will be sent only to those who commented on the original application;
However, there is NO notification for discharge of planning conditions or for applications for non-material amendments nor is there statutory requirement for public consultation.
We have objected to this lack of public consultation and the Council now does accept objections to and comments on applications not subject to public consultation. So if you see “no public consultation” and have an opinion about the application, please do send your comments to the planning department.