Suggested Planning Reasons
For and Against
- Green Belt
Impact on character of the area- good/bad.
Impact on appearance of rural location.
Loss of openness. The site would not provide a secure defensible boundary against future encroachment into the Green Belt (coalescence/amalgamation).
Loss of agricultural land.
Effect of agglomeration (collective clustering) of adjacent proposed sites.
Enhance the village/countryside by using scruffy or brownfield sites.
Proposal is balanced/unbalanced (disproportionate increase in population which would impact the character of the area).
Proposal is sustainable/unsustainable.
Proposal will engender inclusive/exclusive communities.
Impact on wildlife/habitats.
Flood risks (Herts County Council & the Environment Agency will be consulted about this)
Impact on food production.
Health & wellbeing matters.
Noise/pollution from increased traffic.
Impact of increased traffic.
Impact of reduced bus/rail services at present.
Road networks infrastructures.
Issues at peak times when there are problems on the M25 & A1(M) diverting traffic through the villages.
Commuters – parking and travel times.
Need for better services.
Need for better road networks and good connections to main thoroughfares.
Local schools (under/oversubscribed).
Health facilities (surgeries & hospitals) are these easily reached or sufficient.
Public transport to/from villages.
- Other Evidence
Demands for water, power, drainage and sewerage.
Schools and medical services.
Sustainability of new development if it is not integrated into existing and enhanced infrastructure.
Affordable homes and Social Housing needs.
Proximity to other Boroughs and their boundaries resulting in coalescence/indefensible boundaries.
THESE ARE NOT PLANNING REASONS
So avoid reference to:-
- Property values
- Personal circumstances
- Moral issues
- Right to a view