Lighthorne Parish Council receives notification from Stratford District Council (SDC) of all planning applications within the parish, and is treated by SDC as a consultee. If the parish council takes a position on an application that differs from the recommendation of the case officer, and submits that position before a stated deadline, then the application will go before SDC’s Planning Committee at the next meeting that has room on the agenda. The same applies if the Ward Member submits a response at odds with the case officer. If there are no representations made, or if they all concur with the case officer’s recommendation, the case officer is able to make a decision under delegated powers and the Planning Committee need not be involved.

At the Planning Committee meeting the Ward Member is able to speak for 5 minutes, the Parish Council for 3 minutes, the applicant for 3 minutes, and others supporting or objecting may speak for a total of 3 minutes for each group. After speaking questions may be asked by members of the Planning Committee, but speakers may not make any other representation other than succinct answers to those questions. After speakers and questions the Planning Committee debate the application and then take a vote. The proceedings are recorded and may be reviewed from a few days after the meeting.

Lighthorne Village lies within a Conservation Area. To understand the planning implications of this, visit the Conservation Areas page. SDC maintain plans of Built Up Area Boundaries (BUAB) for settlements within the district, including Lighthorne village. All other factors being equal, applications for new development outside of the BUAB are less likely to gain support than those within the BUAB.

Residents intending to submit a planning application are welcome to discuss their application with the Parish Council, and are encouraged to approach all of their neighbours who might be affected before submitting their application. Consultation is an important part of the planning process. If your application is not controversial and does not meet with objections then the Parish Council will most likely not make any representation. If, however, your application receives strong objection or indeed strong support then the Parish Council will consider carefully whether to support or object to the application.

Anyone is able to submit comments in support or objecting to a planning application on the SDC planning web site. Your comments will be made public, including your name and address. After the application has been determined your comments are no longer visible. Individually worded comments with valid planning arguments may carry more weight than orchestrated comments where several people repeat the same thing verbatim. If you want to be alerted to new planning applications in your area you can sign up to SDC’s planning application e-mail alerts.

Other than being able ensure the planning application is referred to the Planning Committee the influence of the Parish Council is limited, and certainly no guarantee of a decision one way or another. Planning applications on which the Parish Council has taken a position, with links to the application on the SDC web site, and to the webcast of the Planning Committee meeting are shown below:

ApplicationSiteDecisionPC Position
23/00896/FULSports FieldWithdrawn on 11 May 23Applicant
22/03486/FULSports FieldWithdrawn on 21 Dec 22Applicant
M40 Noise BundGranted on 9 Nov 22Object
22/00229/TREESouthviewGranted on 7 Mar 22Objection withdrawn
21/03742/FULStone HouseGranted on 10 Feb 22Support
Stepping StonesGranted on 15 Sep 21Object
21/00948/FULOberry FieldsGranted on 25 Jun 21Objection withdrawn
SDC Appeals page
Hill FarmAppeal allowed on 8 Feb 21No objection (with reservations)
20/01719/FUL14 Mountford RiseWithdrawn on 29 Sep 20Object
Moreton Morrell LaneGranted on 13 Jan 21Object
20/00897/FULHill FarmRefused on 10 Jul 20No objection (with reservations)
20/00676/FULSports FieldGranted on 8 Jun 20Applicant
20/00276/FULHome FarmRefused on 6 May 20Object
SDC Appeals page
Home FarmAppeal dismissed on 25 Jun 20Object
19/02256/FULHome FarmRefused on 31 Oct 19Object
Home FarmGranted on 26 Nov 19Objection withdrawn
SDC Appeals page
Home FarmAppeal dismissed on 8 May 19Object
18/02053/FULHome FarmRefused on 20 Sep 18Object
18/01261/FULHome FarmRefused on 28 Jun 18Object
18/00549/FULHome FarmRefused on 1 May 18Object
18/00215/FULCuracy FarmGranted on 13 Jul 18Objection withdrawn
17/03404/FULHome FarmWithdrawn on 30 Jan 18Object
Verney CloseGranted on 21 Mar 18Object
Moreton Morrell LaneGranted on 7 Mar 18Support
17/01073/FULHill FarmWithdrawn on 26 Oct 17Object
Lighthorne RoughGranted on 4 Oct 17Support
Home FarmGranted on 22 Jun 17Object
16/04074/FULPound GreenRefused on 27 Jul 17Object
Moreton Morrell LaneRefused on 10 Feb 17Support
Lighthorne RoughRefused on 8 Dec 16Support