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Responding to a planning application
last updated 19.9.10

Get your facts right

When a planning application is submitted to the council, the planning process kicks in. The first time you are informed about it is in fact the beginning of a consultation period usually 21 days from the date the letter arrived on your doorstep.

Getting such consultation letter strongly indicates, that the development the letter is informing you about, IS VERY NEAR TO YOU!

Depending on the scale and nature of the development, chances are, you are going to be effected one way or another if it gets the go ahead. The most important thing at this early stage, is to find out as much information as you possibly can, both about the development and the developer.

These days developers are often required to submit either a full Environmental Impact Assessment or similar as part of their planning application. Those reports are part of the application file, publicly available either in your local library, council offices or/and on line.

Click here for Haringey planning services portal

Finding out information on the developer can be important and is easily done on line. Find out who they are and what is the nature of their business. If they operate in other places, you might like to talk to people who live next to it, find out about their experiences. You can then form your views based on reality, rather then on what the developer is stating in their application.

Having informed yourself on all aspects of the development and the developer, combined with your own knowledge of your local area, you should be able to assess the potential impact it may have on your life, your family, your neighbourhood and in some cases the larger community and/or the environment.

If you like the development, great! You can make representation in favour. However if alarm bells are ringing in your mind, then you can object to the application.

The first step is writing an objection letter.

Writing an objection letter

Writing in with your comments is very important part of the planning consultation process. Doing so ensures (In an ideal world of course) that you are kept informed by the council, on the various stages and decisions with regard to this planning application.

The aim of writing an objection letter is to either

  • Stop the development or
  • Control any potential impact by applying appropriate planning conditions.

Your letter should give the 'planning case officer' GOOD REASONS, why in your view, the application should be turned down.

Your best assets are your 'common sense' and the information you gathered about the application and the applicant. Outline your concerns and how you perceive the proposed development, will effect your life, your community and/or the environment.

If you can quote some 'planning guide lines' in opposition to the proposed development that is even better. Start by looking at the Haringey Development Plan (or your local UDP) More about the Haringey Development Plan. It is a large document, but don't despair, you don't need to read it all! Looking through the index will give you an idea, which sections could help to frame your reasoning.

These Planning guidelines are what the planning officer should base his final report which is his recommendation to the Planting Sub Committee.

You may ask for a Development Control Forum to be organised by the council (if you face resistance, you will need 25 signatures requesting one.
Development Control Forum explained | page1 | page 2

Ask to be kept informed on all stages of this development.

There are many good examples of objection letters on our site have a look here.

Send us a copy of your letter

So we can make it available to others on this web site.
Click here to email us your letter

Informing the wider community

When a large scale development is proposed near you, you may feel that the impact it will bring about, if allowed, is not acceptable and potentially have a negative effect on your community and environment as a whole.

In such cases you will most definitely need to do MORE then writing an individual objection letter. Here is what you can do :

In order to have better chances to actually achieving your aim you will need all the help and support you can get. Informing the wider community about the application would be a positive step in the right direction. If the way you feel about it, resonate with other members of your community, you will not have a hard time gathering the support of many.

Time is short and you want to reach as many people as possible. There are many ways one can choose to create an interest, the following would attempt to inspire you with some practical and easy to do ideas.

Read 'The power of Persuasion' from Hornsey Magazine, April 2006
page 1
page 2

Keep the local press informed

In many communities there are more then one local weekly paper. Some are delivered through your letter box, others available in local shops. They are all interested to hear and cover your story. Don't get bogged down trying hard to produce a sleek press release, you will have plenty of times to practice this skill later on. Just pick up the phone and call them.

Make sure the press have all the relevant information you want the public to know like:

  • How they might be effected if the application is approved and
  • What they can do about it
  • Provide information on who to write to , location and dates of your next meetings and your contact details of course...

Talk to your friends & neighbours, ask them to do the same

Word of mouth is by far the most effective way to get people's attention. Tell as many people what you know about the planning application.

Councils often perform poorly on consultation so you can't assume that people are informed about it.

In the case of the Concrete Batching Plant application, only one letter was sent per house and it appears letters were sent only to Uplands road and Whiteman road and were delivered, only to one side of the road, where residents will be able to see the development from their back gardens! So many people in Stroud Green, Hornsey, Harringay and Crouch End were totally unaware of this development.

However, the action of many using the suggestions offered on this page and their own creative impulse, have created a wave of awareness resulting in 120 people turning up to the first Development Control Forum (public meeting). In this meeting Haringey agreed to extend the consultation both in terms of number of letters sent and time to make comments, as a direct result of people opposition.

Set up your first meeting

The aim of your first meeting is to form a core group of willing and committed like minded people, to take this forward. Often those who will be most effected, would also be the most dedicated to the cause, so you need not look too far. Invite some members from other local groups and your local councillors, they might have experience, you can learn from and useful contacts.  

  • Discuss the issues, talking about it, may help to crystallise your views and so is, listening to others’ views. Each can bring new and fresh ideas, you have not thought of before.
  • Make a plan of action and break it to tasks list.
  • Establish who is willing and able to do what.
  • Don't forget to exchange contact details
  • Set up time for your next meeting.

Collect petition signatures

Collecting signatures for your petition will demonstrate the public support of a particular view. But it also give you the perfect opportunity to tell more people about it and invite them to join your growing group. A group of 20 people could effortlessly collect 200 signatures if each collect only 10 signature. Local shops may agree to keep some petition forms by their till along with any leaflets newsletter or hang your poster on their shop front.

Setting up information street stalls could be an effective way to generate interest As well as the obvious door to door petitioning on your street.

During the life time of the concrete factory planning application, GreenN8 submitted petitions on 4 occasions:

  • In September 04 | 1535 signature has been submitted to haringey a long with the first GreenN8 Statement of Objection. (First application)
  • In July 05 | over 1900 signature have been collected.(Second application)
  • In October 05|over 3000 signature have been collected and submitted to Haringey. (Panning sub committee)
  • December 05 |Over 7000 new signatures submitted (Appeal public inquiry)

Display a poster on your window

Window poster are good idea too, they can be displayed on your window or in sympathetic local shops, libraries community centres schools play groups, trees and lamp post.

Read 'The power of Persuasion' from Hornsey Magazine, April 2006
page 1
page 2

Contact Excutive member for Enterprise and Regeneration

Business support and employment initiatives, Cultural industries, Economic regeneration, External funding, Haringey Strategic Partnership, Key sites, Planning, Policy and partnerships, Regeneration programme performance,rban Futures.

Councillor Kaushika Amin

River Park House
225 High Road
Wood Green
London
N22 8HQ

Support officer: George Peradigou
Tel 020 8489 2687
executive.members@haringey.gov.uk

Contact Excutive member for Planning and Regeneration

Better Haringey, Conservation, Parking, Recreation and leisure services (including parks and open spaces), Recycling,
Street Scene, Transport.

Councillor Toni Mallett Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration
07870 157883
toni.mallett@haringey.gov.uk

Surgery details:
2nd and 4th Saturday of each month
11.30am - 12.30pm
Broadwater Farm Community Centre
Adams Road, Tottenham, N17
Councillor's surgery map (external link)

Support officer:
Richard Burbidge
Phone: 020 8489 2923
Fax: 020 8881 2660
Email: richard.burbidge@haringey.gov.uk

Contact Haringey planning department

Planning, Environmental Policy and Performance
Environmental Services Directorate Planning,
Environmental Policy and Performance.
639 High Road, Tottenham, London, N17 8BD
development.control@haringey.gov.uk

Councillors on the Planning subcommittee

Click here for Haringey planning subcommittee page

Sheila Peacock - Chair

Surgery details
email SheilaPeacock
Tel: 020 8808 9160

Stuart McNamara- Vice-Chair

Surgery details
email Stuart
Mobile: 07854 544696

Joanna Christophides

Surgery details
email Joanna
Mobile: 07854 544697

Reg Rice

Surgery details
email Reg
Mobile: 07854 002078

Ann Waters

Surgery details
email Ann
Mobile: 07854 002470

David Beacham

Surgery details
email David
Mobile: 07528 443838

Katherine Reece

Surgery details
email Katherine
Mobile: 07854 002554

Errol Reid

Surgery details
email Errol
Mobile: 07866 775731

David Schmitz

Surgery details
email David
Mobile: 07854 002742

Any other ideas

If you have any other useful ideas of how to campaign please drop us a line and we will endeavour to include them here.

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  • Application submitted
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  • Consultation
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  • Case officer report
  • PASC Planning application sub committee meeting
  • PASC deputation
  • PASC decision and report
  • Application re submitted
  • Appeal or ODPM call in
  • High Court

Local Councillors

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Haringey website provides a comma separated value (CSV) mailing list of all wards councillors click here to visit that page or see list of ward Councillors here

Crouch End Councillors

Councillor Lyn Weber
Phone: 
020 8348 9796
Mobile: 07814 238100
lyn.weber@haringey.gov.uk

Surgery details: 2nd Monday of each month | 11am to 12 noon | Hornsey Central Library, Haringey Park, Crouch End, N8

Committee appointments:
Chair of Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green Area Assembly
Member of the Scrutiny Review - Sustainable Transport

Councillor David Winskill
Phone: 020 8374 5650
david.winskill@haringey.gov.uk

Surgery details: 1st Saturday of month, 11.00 – 12.00 noon | Hornsey Central Library, Haringey Park, Crouch End, N8.

Committee appointments:
Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green Area Assembly
Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Pensions Committee
Scrutiny Review - Breast Screening Services
Scrutiny Review - Support to small businesses
Standards Committee
Standards Committee - Determination Hearing Panel

Councillor Paul Strang
Phone: 020 8826 9914 paul.strang@haringey.gov.uk

Surgery details: 2nd Saturday
11.00 - 12 noon | Highgate Library, 1 Shepherd's Hill, Highgate, N6
Councillor's surgery map (external link) 3rd Saturday | 11.00 - 12noon
'The Collection', 73 Crouch Hall Road, N8 Councillor's surgery map (external link)

Committee appointments:
Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green Area Assembly
Full Council
Licensing Committee
Scrutiny Review - Haringey Guarantee

Hornsey Councillor
Councillor Robert Gorrie
Phone: 020 8348 2119
robert.gorrie@haringey.gov.uk

Committee appointments:
Audit Committee
Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green Area Assembly
Full Council
Remuneration Committee

Councillor Monica Whyte
Phone:
020 8888 3433
monica.whyte@haringey.gov.uk

Committee appointments:
Alexandra Park and Palace Advisory Committee.
Alexandra Park and Palace Statutory Advisory URGENCY Sub Committee
Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green Area Assembly
Full Council
General Purposes Committee
Remuneration Committee
Standards Committee - Determination Hearing Panel

Councillor Errol Reid
Phone:
07866 775731
errol.reid@haringey.gov.uk

Committee appointments:
Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green Area Assembly
Full Council
Licensing Committee
Licensing Sub-Committee A
Planning Committee
Standards Committee - Determination Hearing Panel

Surgery details: Surgeries are rotated between the Hornsey Ward Councillors:

1st Saturday of each month, 10 - 11am | Hornsey YMCA (Boardroom)
Tottenham Lane, N8 Councillor's surgery map (external link)

3rd Saturday of each month, 10 - 11am | Campsbourne Community Room (Camspace), 1 Eastfield Road, Hornsey N8 Councillor's surgery map (external link)

4th Wednesday of each month, 7 - 8pm | St Mary's C of E Junior School, Rectory Gardens, N8 Councillor's surgery map (external link)

Stroud Green councillor
Councillor Edmund Butcher
phone:
07814 238150

ed.butcher@haringey.gov.uk

Committee appointments:
Audit Committee
Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green Area Assembly
Full Council

Councillor Richard Wilson
phone:
020 8341 7052
richard.wilson@haringey.gov.uk

Committee appointments:
Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green Area Assembly
Full Council
General Purposes Committee
Pensions Committee

Councillor Katherine Reece
phone: 020 8341 0722
katherine.reece@haringey.gov.uk

Committee appointments:
Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green Area Assembly
Full Council
Planning Committee
Standards Committee
Standards Review Sub-Committee

Surgery details: Surgeries are rotated between Stroud Green Ward Councillors

1st Thursday of each month, 6.30 - 7.30pm | Stroud Green Primary School, Woodstock Road, N4 Councillor's surgery map (external link)

2nd Saturday of each month, 10.00 - 11.00am | Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Road, N8 Councillor's surgery map (external link)

3rd Thursday of each month, 2.00 - 4.00pm | Stroud Green Baptist Church Hall, 40a Stapleton Hall Road, N4 3QG Councillor's surgery map (external link)

Harringay Councillors
Councillor Gina Adamou
Gina.Adamou@haringey.gov.uk

Surgery details: 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month 11am - 1pm
Turnpike Lane Citizens Advice Bureau, 14a Willoughby Road, N8
Councillor's surgery map (external link)

Committee appointments:
Deputy Mayor
Adults Safeguarding Advisory Committee
Full Council
Green Lanes Strategy Group
Licensing Committee
Licensing Sub-Committee A
St Ann's and Harringay Area Assembly (Chair)
Standing Leadership Conference (HSP)

Councillor Karen Alexander
phone:
020 8348 3892
karen.alexander2@haringey.gov.uk

Surgery details:1st & 3rd Saturday of each month 11am - 12 noon | Turnpike Lane Citizens Advice Bureau, 14a Willoughby Road, N8 Councillor's surgery map (external link)

Committee appointments:
Corporate Parenting Advisory Committee
Council and Employee Joint Consultative Committee
Full Council
Green Lanes Strategy Group
Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Healthcare for London - Acute Stroke and Major Trauma (Deputy)
Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Scrutiny Review - Corporate Parenting
Scrutiny Review - Registered Housing Providers (Chair)
St Ann's and Harringay Area Assembly

Councillor David Schmitz
phone:
07854 002742
david.schmitz@haringey.gov.uk

Surgery details:1st & 3rd Saturday of each month 11am - 12 noon Turnpike Lane Citizens Advice Bureau, 14a Willoughby Road, N8 Councillor's surgery map (external link)

Committee appointments:
Full Council
Planning Committee
Scrutiny Review - Haringey Guarantee
Scrutiny Review - Registered Housing Providers
St Ann's and Harringay Area Assembly

Local MPs

Hornsey and Wood Green

Lynne Featherstone
You can write to MP for Hornsey & Wood Green, House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
phhoe: 020 8340 5459
fax: 020 8347 8214
lynne@lynnefeatherstone.org

Surgeries are by appointment only
Call 020 8340 5459 or email for an appointment

Tottenham

David Lammy
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA
Tel:020 7219 0767

Please Tel 020 7219 0767 to make an appointment, between 10am -1pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

 

 

 
 

 

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