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How to object if a new housing development is being built near you

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If you have heard that an unsuitable new housing development is being proposed near where you live then you may want to raise an objection.

The plans could involve building on the Green Belt or countryside, or simply see an increasing number of homes in your area, putting pressure on existing traffic congestion and air quality, or local infrastructure such as doctors surgeries and schools.

These – and poor quality development – are all justifiable reasons to protect your local area that combat the Nimby tag (not in my back yard) often levelled at those wanting to object to house building.

But if you want to object, where do you begin? It can be a complicated process wading through planning proposals and finding out who you send your objections to.

Here, we give you a steer on what information you’ll need and where you can find it, if you want to start the process of objecting to a proposed new development. 

We have not outlined the entire planning process, but merely provided a starting point for your objections.

It can be a complicated process wading through planning proposals and finding out who you send your objections to

It can be a complicated process wading through planning proposals and finding out who you send your objections to

Where to find proposals or a planning application?

You’ll need to begin by finding out what stage the plans are at. They may only be proposals at this stage, and a planning application may not have been submitted yet.

If a planning application has been submitted, you can find the full details via the Gov.uk website by clicking here

Alternatively, your local council website will have a list of its planning applications.

If you have got wind of plans that are still only an idea and a planning application has not yet been submitted to the council, you may be able to find out more information by calling the council and asking it for more information about any proposals to develop the land. 

The council may also be able to give you the details of the associated estate agent or owner of the land who wants it developed. 

If you are worried about development in your area, for example, proposals to release chunks of the Green Belt or build on countryside or areas os special interest, then check your council’s Local Plan. 

All councils have had to submit Local Plans to government outlining how they intend to meet future housing needs. These will contain details of areas earmarked for development. You should also search the council’s website for – or ask them for help to find – details of any Calls for Sites. These are when the landowners are invited to put forward land they think could be developed for assessment.

What to look for in in the proposals?

Before planning application stage, you may have heard about the potential development via a leaflet through your door from a neighbour, local rumours, or the owner of the land informing you of their intentions to submit a planning application. 

At this early stage in the planning process, any illustrations may not reveal the full extent of the plans for the site and so it is worth taking a closer look and asking specific questions.

For example, the drawings may only appear to show 30 buildings on the site, but each of these buildings may not be a detached house. Some may be a block of a dozen flats. So it is worth asking how many households are being proposed. 

The final number of households could be more than double the amount of buildings shown, at closer to 70, once terrace houses and flats are taken into account.

With households potential having one or two cars or more each, it could equate to a significantly higher number of cars in the area. This would impact traffic congestion and air quality, especially if there already concerns about those issues in the area.

Also look at the proposed density of housing, will homes be packed together with small gardens? 

A question to ask: How many households will occupy the proposed development site?

A question to ask: How many households will occupy the proposed development site?

How to write your objections

The key document you need to find is the the ‘core’ planning strategy for your area. You can find this on your local council’s website. 

The core strategy highlights the issues why an application may be passed or rejected, highlighting some of the issues you may be concerned about – including traffic congestion, air quality, and the impact on local wildlife. 

It may be helpful to use the same language that it uses to build your argument against the development.

For example, Wiltshire’s ‘core’ strategy covers several market towns, including Devizes, which has serious issues with traffic congestion and air quality, particularly outside of lockdowns.

Its core strategy talks about air quality ‘becoming a major issue’, and that one of its roads – the A361 – could ‘exceed the mandatory limits set by European Directive 2008/50’.

This is all information that someone could use in an objection they were fighting against a nearby proposed housing development. 

For example, they could could write : ‘The A361 is already being monitored amid concerns that it is exceeding mandatory limits set by the European Directive 2008/50. The proposals will contribute to those limits being broken. There is reason for those limits in place, not least for people’s health.’

You can then go on to address each of your topics in the same way. These could include the lack of amenities serving the areas, including doctors and health services, as additional housing would put pressure on those amenities.

You can wrap up by confirming that you reject the proposals and request instead that the space remains as open countryside, or is developed as an open green area and parkland for local people.

Who do I send my objections to?

If a planning application has been submitted, a case officer at the council will have been assigned and you can send your objections to them. 

The case officer’s name will normally be visible on the application found on the council’s website. Or you can try ringing the council and asking them who it is.

You might feel that waiting for the planning application stage is too late and that proposals need to be tackled earlier. 

The council should be able to let you know who to raise your concerns with if the plans are at an earlier stage and a planning application has not been made.

It is also worth copying in your local MP on your objections, especially once a planning application has been made, as they can help to put pressure on the Secretary of State to look at the plans. You may also want to copy in other local councillors.

This is only a steer on how to begin your objections at a early stage as there will be lots of residents and council meetings that you can also voice your concerns at during the whole process, which can take months. 

But the earlier you can start raising your objections, the better. 

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VGP acquires French logistics development

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VGP NV and VALGO signed an agreement to purchase 32 hectares of land that housed the former Petroplus refining units in Petit-Couronne, near Rouen. This brownfield rehabilitation project is fully in line with VGP’s core expertise and strategy. Thanks to the six years ownership of the site by VALGO and its expertise in asbestos removal, soil and water table decontamination, in-situ waste treatment and development, this area has now become a suitable site for the development of new industries and business activities.

 

On the banks of the river Seine and close to the A13 highway, the 32-hectare area of land offers its future users a highly strategic location. Following the extensive depollution work carried out by VALGO, the site is now ready for redevelopment. VGP expanded into France only a few months ago and is delighted to start its French business activities in the dynamic Rouen Normandy metropolis area, via this major project. In total, around 150,000m² of land are set to be redeveloped to accommodate industrial and logistics projects, with work due to begin in 2023.

 

Jan Van Geet, CEO VGP, said: “VGP is delighted to begin its business activities in France on a site as exceptional as this one, with strong economic and environmental ambitions that are shared by both our partner, VALGO, and the local authorities. As the rehabilitation of brownfield sites is at the heart of our business, this project is a great opportunity for us to deploy our industrial and logistical know-how. The uncertain geopolitical situation and the rise in transport prices mean that companies are increasingly looking for local support to start their business. In this context, we strongly believe in the relevance of our integrated model with a long-term vision. We are now eager to get to work and bring all the expertise of the Group to the project.”

 

Francois Bouche, CEO VALGO, commented: “We are delighted that this huge piece of land has been sold to a major investor with experience in redeveloping brownfields in Europe. However, I would first like to celebrate the work of the men and women who worked so hard to make this colossal project a success. It took more than 1 million hours and over €60m in investment by VALGO to turn the page on over 80 years of refining on this site, which already employs 600 people.”

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Selling your home? Here’s how to make sure it has kerb appeal by sprucing up outside space

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As anyone who has indulged in the brutal ‘swipe left’ culture of internet dating will testify, you don’t often get a second chance to make a first impression. And the same is true when trying to sell your property.

That’s why what lies at the front of your house — be it lawn, gravel or flagstones — can play a major role in making a sale.

Indeed, having a pleasing ‘shop front’ to snag potential buyers scrolling through listings or even walking past outside can offer leverage to boost the asking price, says Colby Short, CEO of estate agent comparison site getagent.co.uk.

Dress to impress: Colourful flower beds transform the look of a cottage in East Lothian, Scotland

Dress to impress: Colourful flower beds transform the look of a cottage in East Lothian, Scotland

‘Homes that offer a front garden carry a 4 per cent property price premium versus those without, and that equates to more than £11,000 in the current market,’ he says.

So what changes can you make to the patch in front of your house to help improve the saleability of the property?

Some alterations are simple, entry-level innovations. For example, even the smallest swatch of grass should be mown and rubbish-free. 

In fact, bins and recycling boxes are often the first thing you see in a front garden, as well as the detritus left by squirrels who have curated bits of dinner from your bags of rubbish. But it’s easy to hide bins away in a box unit.

‘If you’re trying to hide ugly bins, how about building a bin store with a planter on the top, then you can have some gorgeous outdoor succulents and flowering alpines?’ says QVC UK’s gardening expert Michael Perry. 

You can also buy wooden bin stores from outdoor furniture suppliers such as Wayfair (from £125.99).

Meanwhile, hanging baskets outside your front door help to break up a harsh brick wall, says Sean Lade, of Easy Garden Irrigation.

‘Hanging baskets are an excellent choice for adding colour and scent to your front garden and soften the front of your house. They should be installed at eye level —about 5 ft off the ground.’

Hanging baskets add colour and scent to a front garden and soften the front of a house

Hanging baskets add colour and scent to a front garden and soften the front of a house

And think about replacing tired fencing or dilapidated brick walls with natural borders, such as Boxwood hedging, which will add visual interest and is also easy to prune throughout the year.

‘If you prefer a cottage garden appearance, then why not train climbing plants to create natural archways around your front door, porch or gate?’ says Deborah Cobb, product manager at builders’ merchants MKM.

‘Raised flower beds are also a clever way to add some natural foliage. If you fill them with evergreen shrubs, then they are an easy-to-look-after and low-maintenance option that will look good all year round.’

In terms of what plants to go for, Nicola Bird, founder of seed subscription service The Floral Project, suggests some annual flowers are perfect for planting at the front of your house if you’re looking to sell. 

‘They include varieties such as cosmos, phlox, zinnias and sweet peas — not only to bring a bright splash of colour to your front garden, but also serve as a great conversation starter with your potential buyers.’

Even if you don’t have a patch of grass in front of your home, there are other fundamentals which will help with the sale, says Jonathan Rolande, professional property buyer at housebuyfast.co.uk.

This includes jet-washing your path. And just before a visit from potential buyers, remove any vehicles, where possible, to help to create an impression of space.

‘Clean the windows, frames and front doors — and clean the house number,’ he says. ‘If the garden is mostly given over to parking, soften the look with pots and planters filled with bright flowers and attractive shrubs.’

 You may think your garden gnomes are cute, but to a prospective buyer, they can be just plain creepy

He adds that if you don’t have a lawn, terracotta planters on the front sills look great with fragrant plants such as lavender and rosemary appealing to the sense of smell, too.

If your front garden is really small, use decorative gravel such as pea shingle or slate chippings, suggests Thomas Goodman, property expert at homeowner and tradesman connection website myjobquote.co.uk.

‘This will give you an attractive, low-maintenance base for topping with a few nice plant pots.

‘Fix anything that’s broken, including gates, fences and walls. These detract from any nice planting and give the impression of a home that’s not properly maintained and is going to need work.’

Colby Short says some items in your garden should be permanently jettisoned to improve the chances of a sale.

‘You may think your garden gnomes are cute, but to a prospective buyer, they can be just plain creepy. The same goes for any large statues or display items, particularly if they are of a political, religious or risque nature.

‘When it comes to potential buyers, you want to present a blank canvas. But that doesn’t mean this canvas can’t look good and add appeal in its own right.’

On the market… with kerb appeal 

Buckinghamshire: This four bedroom semi-detached cottage is on the edge of Denham Village. The bedrooms are spacious overlooking front and rear gardens. Struttandparker.com, 01753 481 781, £800,000

Buckinghamshire: This four bedroom semi-detached cottage is on the edge of Denham Village. The bedrooms are spacious overlooking front and rear gardens. Struttandparker.com, 01753 481 781, £800,000

Suffolk: There are four bedrooms in this detached house in Old Newton. The property dates from the 16th century and has a thatched roof and mature gardens. Fineandcountry.com, 01379 646 020. £1.2m

Suffolk: There are four bedrooms in this detached house in Old Newton. The property dates from the 16th century and has a thatched roof and mature gardens. Fineandcountry.com, 01379 646 020. £1.2m

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Elephant Park expands its retail offer (GB)

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Lendlease has announced the openings of two new spaces at Elephant Park: all-day kitchen and bar RAREBIT; and community garden store The Nunhead Gardener.

 

RAREBIT – the all-day kitchen and evening dining, bar, and grocery store – has opened its first brick-and-mortar location on Elephant Park’s casual dining hub, Sayer Street. The brand-new concept has a menu focusing on British favorites including the Welsh ‘rarebit’, and its grocery stocks a range of independent wines, craft beers, and coffee from East London coffee shop, Climpson & Sons. This selection is complemented by cheeses from Neal’s Yard Dairy, charcuterie from London Smoke & Cure, and produce from Natoora.

 

The Nunhead Gardener is the latest brand to move from one of Lendlease’s meanwhile units into a permanent space at Elephant Park, following the likes of Dima Beautiful, Beza Ethiopian Vegan, and bar and bottle shop The Tap In. The 900ft² unit on Sayer Street stocks a selection of indoor and outdoor plants, as well as specialty gardening tools, seeds, and seasonal scented candles.

 

Guy Thomas, Head of Place Assets at Lendlease, commented: “Both of these openings speak to our core values at Elephant Park, with a commitment to providing our local community with uses that are independent, sustainability-oriented, and unique. The arrival of RAREBIT adds a new cuisine to casual dining hub Sayer Street, and The Nunhead Gardener’s revamped permanent space has created a plant haven that we know local people will love.”

 

Mark Angell and Will Nias, Co-Founders of RAREBIT, said: “RAREBIT is about bringing a modern, fresh concept to people who want top-quality food and drink. Whether that be for grocery shopping or sit-down dining, we are so excited to be welcoming customers through our doors at Elephant Park. It is such a buzzing area, and we are proud to introduce RAREBIT to this diverse and vibrant environment.”

 

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