Material considerations must be genuine planning considerations, i.e. they must relate to the development and use of land in the public interest.

Material considerations DO include the following:

  • Rother Local Plan Core Strategy
  • Local Supplementary Planning Documents produced by Rother Planning Authority
  • The Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Planning Practice Guidance (PPG)
  • Effects on Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and the High Weald AONB
  • The size, layout, siting and design of the development
  • Road safety, access, car parking, traffic generation & other public services eg. drainage
  • Loss of light and overshadowing
  • Overlooking and loss of privacy
  • Loss of trees
  • Noise, disturbance, smells
  • Disabled access
  • Case law and previous planning decisions
  • Considerations of what could,otherwise ,be undertaken as ‘permitted development’ without the need for a specific permission

Material planning considerations DO NOT include the following:

  • Applications made retrospectively
  • Trade objections
  • Moral objections
  • Loss of views
  • Impact on property values
  • Ownership
  • Personal arguments
  • Covenants
  • Impact of time of construction
  • Matters covered by other legislation