Officers undertake site visits as part of the determination of applications; this is an important part of the process as it enables us to evaluate the effects of the proposal. The Town & Country Planning Act gives us the ability to access the application site for this purpose, and we will also undertake further assessments within the local area. The extent of a site visit varies on a case-by-case basis depending on the nature and likely effects of the proposal and the Officer will use their professional judgment to determine the extent of the site visit and what areas the proposal needs to be assessed from.
In carrying out an assessment of the application, we may need to obtain access from your property. We will always check first whether you are at home. If you are not then we may need to enter the public part of your garden or look over a fence to assess the impact of the proposals on your property. In exceptional circumstances, we may need to make an appointment to visit on another occasion.
In most cases, we will not agree to specific requests for site visits or meetings with third parties due to the resource implications, as well as other issues (such as access to land, health and safety etc). We may however on occasion contact individuals to gain access to land/buildings to assess the impact of development; this is done on a case-by-case basis depending on the issue at hand and is at the Officers discretion.