Reasons for objecting to planning permission


I'm not trying to turn into a NIMBY but has anyone got some good reason for objecting to planning permission being granted, I'll try to keep it short but here goes.... A property has just been sold in the village which had a large overgrown garden with lots of big pine and softwood trees that the new owner has had cut down, I have no objection to that it needed done. It has come to light after speaking to one of the tree surgeon lads that the new owner is going to seek planning for 2 or possibly 3 houses in this large area. We currently supply the water for the house that is there already and though we do not charge anything for the supply we don't say that their is a quantity or quality of supply and would not want to supply anymore properties ! Also I believe acsess is an issue and after the hoops I've had to jump through in the past to get a ag tied property built for me to live in I believe that any other new developments will not be keeping with the character of the village ! I know this sounds a bit NIMBYist but I have support of a few other villagers who have lived here all their lives thanks in advance


North Wilts
If you supply the water for the existing house its unlikely that the wayleave will allow them to use that supply for more houses without your permission. You need to get some legal advice pronto and then lean on the new owner - you may find you hold more cards than you think you do, especially if there is no practical alternative water supply.

Even if they refuse to deal with you on the grounds they can just connect to the existing supply, and you can't cut them off, as you have a duty to supply the old house anyway, they will struggle to sell the new houses (or plots with PP) with an ongoing legal dispute over water supply - all vendors of property have to fill in a big questionnaire these days where they have to declare any ongoing legal disputes regarding the property. If they didn't disclose this to prospective purchasers they'd be legally liable for damages, so unless they plan to keep all the houses themselves in perpetuity, this will mean you have some leverage.

Plus of course the supply is on your land and it would be very easy to install a tap that restricted the flow to a level that would be OK for a single house but insufficient for 3 or 4............................:whistle::whistle:
Let the owner apply for consent, it's a free Country

However water isn't, so you should suggest/insist that you have to start charging the "developer" for it. On a sliding scale of course. tenner a year for 1 dwelling, £1000 for the second, £5000 for the third etc etc.
The water issue is not relevant to the planning permission and therefore can not be used as a reason for objecting.
What is an issue if you believe you have basis to back it up is the access and overdelopment of the site but you will need to be clear to refer any objections to Local or National Planning Policy for it to hold any weight and to stop you being seen as a NIMBY.
Because it is an existing residential garden it is seen in planning terms as brownfield land and is therefore more acceptable for development than the other side of the fence on agricultural land.
If you need assistance in objecting then we ( work for objectors as well as applicants so drop me a PM or contact us through our website.

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