What powers does Hever Parish Council have in planning applications?
Hever Parish Council acts as a consultee for all planning applications in the parish. Sevenoaks District Council is the planning authority and will decide whether or not an application is granted, receiving comments made by the Parish Council (but SDC have no obligation to agree with or take these comments into account) and other consultees, such as Kent Highway Services and The Environment Agency and any member of the public.
The final decision is made by the Planning Authority, not the Parish Council.
Hever Parish Council will only comment on what are known as “material considerations” *
If you would like to submit a comment to Sevenoaks District Council, either for or against an application, please send a copy to the Clerk of the Parish Council (email@example.com) and we will take your comments into consideration whilst discussing the application. If you would like to know when an application will be considered by the Parish Council to share further information or give us your views, please contact the Clerk.
To view applications on the Sevenoaks District Council website, see http://pa.sevenoaks.gov.uk/online-applications, then enter the application number without the SE prefix, for example Ref. No: 09/00009/FUL, in the search box.
A summary of each and every application commented on is included on the Agendas so that it is absolutely transparent to anyone who is interested what the council has commented on, on what planning grounds, which Cllrs. were involved in the consideration (if there is any conflict of interest then the relevant Cllr. must leave the room / zoom meeting so as not to influence the discussion) and what the outcome of the application was (if already decided by SDC).
Do parish councils grant planning permission?
Valid reasons for comment on a Planning Application
Comments that are clear, concise and accurate stand more chance of being accepted than those that are not. When planning applications are considered, the following matters can all be relevant. These are sometimes referred to as ‘material planning considerations’:
Irrelevant reasons for objection
There are certain matters which do not amount to ‘material planning considerations’ under current legislation and guidance. These matters cannot be taken into account in considering a planning application and should not be included in objections as they weaken your case:
Other Matters – “concerns and issues”
The person making a planning application has to provide enough information for the application to be determined. They do not have to provide every single detail before an application can be approved because certain matters can be resolved by way of conditions included as part of the permission.
Because of this, certain issues may not be considered as ‘objections’ but it is entirely reasonable for you to raise concerns on such issues and to ask to be kept informed before they are approved. These include:
Applications where the Parish Council is not a statutory consultee
DETAIL – Submission of Approval of Details
ADJ or ADJAPP – Adjoining Authority Consultations
AGRNOT – Agricultural/Forestry Notifications
DEMNOT – Demolition Consultation Demolition Notification – Details
DEDET RG5, RG9, RG10 or RG1 – Environmental Impact Assessment applications
HEDNOT – Hedgerow Removal Notification
KCCRG3, KCCRG4, DIVERT or PROW – Kent County Council consultations
LDCLBC – Lawful Development Certificate Listed Building
LDCPR – Lawful Development Certificate Proposed
NMA – Non-Material Amendments
PAE – Prior Approval Extension
PAC – Prior Approval Change of Use
WTPO, WTCA, WTREE or W5DAY – Works to Trees
www.hever.org for minutes and agendas of the planning committee meetings.
Please note covid regulations – all attendees to note;
TO COMPLY WITH COVID REGULATIONS, RISK ASSESSMENT & HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK
The room will be well ventilated (doors and windows open).
One-way access should be provided if possible.
If unable to attend, please send comments to Clerk@hever.org by midday Friday 28th May
Hever Parish Council – affordable housing consultation. May / June 2021
Any further comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by end of June please. Please see
www.hever.org for information. All comments received to date are recorded and will be
included. Results of consultation will be considered at Council meeting in July.
Drop in sessions to find out more / leave written
comments – Four Elms village hall
• Thursday 24th June 4 – 8pm(English Rural Housing
Association also present)
• Sunday 27th June 2 – 4pm
If you would like to book a timed slot, please contact Clerk@hever.org
Meeting to be held by zoom. Please see agenda for one click link to join. This is the annual meeting of HPC and also a reduced version of the Annual Parish Assembly (there are no external speakers this year, the Chairman has prepared a report).
Are you an organised person, want to be paid to work for your community, from home, flexibly? Hever Parish Council have a vacancy for the Parish Council Clerk.
We would like to hear from you if you have excellent computer literacy skills, the ability to multitask and provide both written and numerical support to the council and have some knowledge / interest of the area. The Clerk provides independent support to the Councillors, who vote on decisions.
The post is interesting and varied and the successful applicant will be required to provide professional guidance in respect of all aspects of the Council’s work. It is not essential to have experience of working in Local Government.
Evening meeting attendance will be required for ~ 6 evening parish meetings / year, the rest of the hours (16 hours / week in total) can be worked flexibly.
The salary will be in the range of £10.65 – £15.37 per hour depending on experience and annual appraisal. There is a generous pension and working from home allowance.
The Clerk provides all the administrative functions of the Council and is the principal point of contact for Hever parish residents, other local councils, contractors and professional organisations. This includes preparing minutes, agendas and project plans, all correspondence and financial matters / annual audit and planning applications. Maintaining the parish council website / noticeboards / social media also required. The Clerk is also the Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer of the Council.
The Council – Hever Parish Council has 10 Councillors, who make decisions and represent ~ 1,200 residents in Four Elms, Hever and Markbeech, Kent. See www.hever.org The Council owns and maintains two play areas / recreation grounds, one closed cemetery, a pond and surrounding bank and a large “hut”.
The Role/ The Person
The ideal candidate will have previous office based experience with a good working knowledge of IT (emails, documents and spreadsheets and the internet). Confidence in basic accounting / finance are also required.
We are looking for someone with a professional attitude, excellent time management skills together with flexibility and a can-do, hands on, proactive attitude and who is confident that they can work on their own and their own initiative.
The ideal candidate will be a good communicator, they must have good interpersonal skills
Whilst relevant experience is preferred, specific training will be provided where required e.g. finance, planning, local government. There will be a comprehensive handover and support from the Council members and experts.
16 hours of work / week will be flexible. All the work is from home so it is essential to have good broadband access. A computer / webcam will be provided and there is professional IT support. Interested applicants should contact the Clerk asap, Charlotte Cole (email@example.com) with any queries and for a formal job description and subsequently send a brief CV and set out reasons for applying in a covering letter.
The closing date for Applications is 14th May – which may close early subject to interest, with interviews being held by Zoom. Start date asap.