Role of the Parish Council
The Parish Council, with its close links to the community, will provide a local interpretation of a variety of criteria, policies and rules. It does not duplicate the function of the planning authority.
In giving its view to the District Council, Bildeston Parish Council decides:
a. To object to an application; or
b. Express support for an application; or
c. Register no objection.
The Parish Council will normally only express support where a positive benefit is perceived, such as a new facility for the village, or the improvement of a derelict building or area. However, councillors consider each case on its merits.
The Parish Council aims to provide before the set closing date, a quality, planning based response to all consultations received. In other words, it must base its views on material planning considerations which will have weight with the Planning Authority. It cannot simply oppose an application on non-planning grounds. The closing date is the same for all individual consultees.
The Parish Council does not know what comments have been (or will be) made by individual consultees direct to the district council, unless those individuals make their views known to the parish council.