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    • Sueevans
    • By Sueevans 10th Apr 18, 10:26 AM
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    Planning and conservation officer
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    Planning and conservation officer 10th Apr 18 at 10:26 AM
    I would like some advice please. I am currently applying for planning permission next to an old house. The conservation officer is objecting. How much notice will the planning department take?
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    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 10th Apr 18, 10:28 AM
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    You are next to a listed building or in a conservation area?

    If the conservation officer has been consulted then they will absolutely be listened to. You need to take advice on what your responsibilities are to maintain the character of the area.
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    • Sueevans
    • By Sueevans 10th Apr 18, 10:33 AM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 10:33 AM
    Thank you for your reply. I have a newish house but it is next to a character house in a prominent position. The house is not listed but is being considered for Grade 2 listing. The neighbours are objecting and now the conservation officer is expressing concern and looks like he will make negative comments or object to the planning officer.
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    • the_r_sole
    • By the_r_sole 10th Apr 18, 10:48 AM
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    if they have been consulted on the application then their objection will be taken very seriously - it depends on the ground for their objection, some planning officers are very wary to over ride a recommendation for refusal from a consultee.
    You really need to find out what the basis of their objections are and look to see if there is a way to resolve the issues
    • FabFifty
    • By FabFifty 10th Apr 18, 10:54 AM
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    Generally speaking if a Conservation Officer objects to a planning application then the case Planning Officer will follow this lead and recommend refusal.
    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 10th Apr 18, 11:49 AM
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    Generally speaking if a Conservation Officer objects to a planning application then the case Planning Officer will follow this lead and recommend refusal.
    Originally posted by FabFifty
    But you can always appeal and the Planning Inspector may take a different view.
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 10th Apr 18, 12:12 PM
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    But you can always appeal and the Planning Inspector may take a different view.
    Originally posted by Tom99
    Far better to work proactively with the planning officer.

    The OP should read the conservation officers comments carefullt and speak to their planning officer with their architect in the first instance to try and move forward. Withdrawing and resubmitting or asking for extra time is far better than trying to push something through and waiting an eternity for an appeal decision.
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    • G_M
    • By G_M 10th Apr 18, 12:47 PM
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    You are next to a listed building or in a conservation area?
    Originally posted by Doozergirl
    Unclear what the answer was.
    • Sueevans
    • By Sueevans 10th Apr 18, 2:36 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 2:36 PM
    In an area of outstanding natural beauty so not exactly a conservation area but the conservation officer is involved and is reporting back to the case officer.
    • Sueevans
    • By Sueevans 10th Apr 18, 2:37 PM
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    Does the planning officer have to post the conservation officers comments on line?
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 10th Apr 18, 2:42 PM
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    Does the planning officer have to post the conservation officers comments on line?
    Originally posted by Sueevans
    They don't have to, in the sense of being legally obliged to. But if that's what they generally do (have a look at other applications) then they will. Why do you ask?
    • Sueevans
    • By Sueevans 10th Apr 18, 3:17 PM
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    Just because his comments are not there - maybe he will wait until nearer the closing date next week.
    • the_r_sole
    • By the_r_sole 10th Apr 18, 5:42 PM
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    Just speak to the planning case officer and they will tell you if there are any comments that you might be able to address, what's the nature of your proposals?
    • Cash-Cows
    • By Cash-Cows 10th Apr 18, 6:40 PM
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    If the OP has an agent then get the agent to address the objection.
    • Sueevans
    • By Sueevans 10th Apr 18, 7:09 PM
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    Thanks for everyones advice. Speaking to architect tomorrow.
    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 10th Apr 18, 11:40 PM
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    I would like some advice please. I am currently applying for planning permission next to an old house. The conservation officer is objecting. How much notice will the planning department take?
    Originally posted by Sueevans
    Bear in mind that the Conservation Officer usually is a Planning Officer working in the planning department. They just don't (normally) deal with planning application case work other than as consultees. From that you can surmise the planning department will attach considerable weight to the Conservation Officer's views.

    Doozergirl's advice is spot on. If you want to proceed with your plans you need to see both the Conservation Officer and Planning Officer dealing with your case as friends rather than enemies. Appealing a refusal on conservation grounds would be a real lottery, much easier to find out what you need to do to get approval.
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