THE PLANNING ADVISORY GROUP was established in 2014 at the request of the Parish Council, following a recommendation of the Parish Plan. The Group comprises members of the Planning Working Party with professional experience of planning and architecture. The purpose of the group is to help the Council in responding to planning applications referred for consultation by Suffolk Coastal District Council.
The group's brief is to assess all planning applications relating to buildings in Walberswick against national and local planning policy and to report to the Parish Council. The reports are to be used at the Council's discretion: the responsibility for submitting comment to SCDC on behalf of the village remains with the Council.
PAG operates under the following rules:
1 No correspondence or discussion takes place with planning applicants or anyone else with an interest in the application.
2 The group is non-partisan. It does not lobby for particular outcomes and cannot enter into disputes between applicants.
3 Applications are assessed on the basis of the information presented and the relevant planning policies. PAG views sites from the nearest public footpath or highway where it can and where it is relevant.
4 PAG does not usually comment on small variations of detail to approved applications, nor to applications relating to trees.
5 Applications are reviewed by at least three members of the group of six, usually more. Members with an interest in an application absent themselves from its consideration.
6 The deliberations of the group are confidential but all reports are posted on the WPC website.