You Can Help!
Check the planning applications in your local paper every week. Don’t let the Society be the only objector to a damaging proposal. You may have knowledge of the history or legal background of a site that can be relevant, or you may simply believe that an application would have a negative impact on our environment.
You might wish to consider setting up a residents’ group if you are not part of one already. They demonstrate that local people really care about their area and can respond to applications affecting buildings of merit, supported by the Society. Do remember that petitions are regarded as a single objection, so do encourage individual responses.
Send in your comments or queries about an application to your area planning office, not forgetting to quote the application number and location of the proposal. CC UAHS at the bottom of the letter and send a copy of the letter to us. It may add more weight to the letter and we will be aware of your efforts.
Get the issue on the political agenda. Contact your local Councillor to let them know your view. They do not determine applications (though they will assume hat responsibility after April 2015) but they are consulted. Ask your Councillor or the Town Clerk if you can make a deputation to the Council’s Planning Committee Meeting.