The purpose of this sub-committee is:
- To review all planning applications made to the council relevant to Northwood.
- To monitor any proposal to develop in the green belt.
- Where planning applications are not in conformity with the Local Plan, to ensure that formal objection is made.
- To attend the relevant borough planning meetings.
- To provide advice and support to neighbours or local groups considering objecting to a planning application.
Many of our members have expressed concern about planning applications in their area, but they are unsure how to find out more or raise an objection.
If you would like to view planning applications online, here is how to do so:
- Go to the LBH Home page at www.hillingdon.gov.uk
- Click on the Quick Link to ‘Planning and Building’ on the left hand column under ‘Services’.
- Click on ‘Search for Planning Applications’ (on left hand side).
- Click on ‘Search Now’.
- Enter an application reference if known, or a house number and road name and choose Northwood Ward.
- This will open a window of relevant applications; click on the green reference for details of any particular application.
After your neighbour’s planning application – what then?
There are a number of instances when after planning permission has been granted and work has started what you expected to see does not quite match up to what was approved by the Council. This could of course be due to errors on the part of the contractor failing to read the drawings correctly or it could be something altogether more invidious. Whatever the reason, neighbours and other interested parties are advised to keep a close eye on building work as it progresses. If you suspect that the approved plans are not being adhered to it is essential that concerns are reported back to the Council so that these may be investigated. The department which will investigate is the Planning Enforcement Department and the telephone number is 01895 250230.
Residents should not regard this as in any way “snooping” as it could be that the mistake in implementation is a genuine one, and reporting it early could ultimately save the householder concerned money spent to rectify the error. Alternatively, if it is being done intentionally then that is in itself unneighbourly and should be reported.
Equally, if you think a neighbour has breached planning and carried out works without consent then enforcement can be advised. To see the range of potential breaches that the council can investigate:
- Go to www.hillingdon.gov.uk
- In the search box enter ‘planning enforcement’
- Go to ‘What we investigate’
Contact us using this form. Or email direct to the above email address.