Councillors appointed to this committee are:
Miss J Bear, Mr C Blundell, Mr S Denton (Chairman), Ms J Drummond and Mr J Forbes with Mr M Irwin and Mr L Burrows as ex-officio members. Ex officio members are the Council Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively. As such they have the same rights and status as other members of the committee.
Planning issues are usually dealt with by East Suffolk Council (the District Council) as the local planning authority which decides planning applications. The Parish Council is a statutory consultee on most planning applications and comments on applications made in the Parish.
This means anybody submitting a planning application has it dealt with by the East Suffolk case officer, however if it is a major application it will also go to a planning development committee which has District Councillors as members. On some occassions the planning authority may be Suffolk County Council for plans directly affecting this authority.
So, if East Suffolk Council as a District Council makes the decisions, what value does the Parish Council add?
The Parish Council is consulted in the same way as near neighbours and others likely to be affected by the planning applications. Our view has the same weighting as any other consultee (which is why we always recommend that parishioners submit comments individually in addition to ourselves) Your submissions are as influential as those submitted by the Parish Council.
So why do we spend time and effort having a Development Plans Committee?
- The committee, taking your views into account, can work with East Suffolk Council to help guide local planning policy
- We try to make sure that Parishioners are aware of major planning applications
- We usually have copies of plans to view at the Parish Council offices
- We reference the Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan as a vital piece of local planning policy
- Committee members have local knowledge and can make useful comments in terms of style, appropriate materials, traffic issues, material considerations, and generally help ensure that development that does take place is better suited to our Parish
- The Parish Council can assist Parishioners in understanding the planning process and valid reasons for objections
- The Committee has good grass roots knowledge on what is permitted development and what isn't. We try to work with the District Council enforcement team on gross infringements of planning regulations
These reasons for having a committee are tested by the current enthusiasm for major development at Martlesham. There is a great deal to review in relation to the many developments being proposed for Martlesham.