How decisions are made

The Councillors on the Board will have already had the opportunity to study the reports prepared by Officers on each of the applications being considered at the meeting. The Planning Board's decisions will be based only on planning issues which include:

  • The design, appearance and layout of a proposed development;
  • Government guidance, local regional and national policies including the Derbyshire Structure Plan and the Amber Valley Borough Local Plan;
  • Road safety and traffic;
  • The effect on the local area and local properties;
  • Loss of light and overlooking;
  • Crime and disorder;
  • Nuisance caused by noise, disturbance and smell; and
  • Protecting buildings and trees.

The Planning Board considers the Officers reports on planning applications and decides whether to grant permission after reading the recommendations provided by the Director of Borough Development and listening to the views of members of the public. An application is normally granted unless the development is not in accordance with planning policy, or it raises serious amenity or highways issues. Objections must relate to these factors in order to influence the decision. If the Officer's recommendation is to approve the application, suitable conditions are often imposed. If the recommendation is to refuse, reasons are given.

A copy of the agenda and supporting reports and papers are available on main reception and on the internet for members of the public five clear working days before the date of the meeting.

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