The Planning Process
Town councils have the right to make comments on planning applications affecting their area.
The planning authority (which is usually The Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk) allows the Town Council 21 days to respond to a planning application. The application will be considered by the Town Council at the next Planning Committee meeting and will feature on the agenda as an item to be discussed. Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings and can speak during the public participation item on the agenda to give their views on a planning application. They are also encouraged to provide their own comments on the Borough Council's planning pages.
If there is not a meeting within the 21 days, the Town Council may be able to request an extension to the time-limit. Whilst the overall decision is the planning authority’s, the Town Council's local knowledge, combined with an understanding of the planning process, means that its views are more likely to be heard by the planning authority, so long as the Town Council provides valid planning ‘material considerations’.
The Town Council’s comments can be found on The Borough Council’s planning pages.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Council Office.