The WPC Planning Committee meets every three weeks to review planning applications.
It does not have the power to approve or refuse applications, but is able to object
to or comment on every application. WPC is also one of the parties that can speak
at the Borough Council’s Planning Meetings, along with the local borough councillors
and a residents' spokesperson.
To ensure WPC’s opinion is taken into consideration its objections have to take account
of the constraints placed on planning authorities by government guidelines and policies.
This occasionally results in a ‘No Comment’ even though there may be significant
objections from near neighbours. We welcome input from residents, and will be better
able to take your views into account if you let us know of objections soon after
plans are announced or by being copied in on any letter of objection being sent to
the Borough Council.
All planning applications and decisions can now be viewed on the WBC website in the
Planning and Environment section.
The Role of the Parish Council Planning Committee
As the planning authority, the Borough Council is required to consult the Parish
Council on all applications for planning consent within the parish. The Planning
Committee of Winnersh Parish Council has delegated powers from the full Council to
comment on applications on behalf of the Council, but all Winnersh Parish Council
members are notified of applications to be heard.
It is the Parish Council's policy to comment on all applications. Each application
is considered on its individual merits. While considering the views of residents
and other interested parties, the Planning Committee is not bound to pass on these
views when making its decisions. In the same way, Wokingham Borough Council is not
bound to take account of the views of Winnersh Parish Council, although its local
knowledge can often be influential in the outcome of an application.
Comments generally fall into one of the following three categories:
Do not object, possibly giving reasons
Do not object in principle, but expressing concerns over certain aspects of the application
Object, giving reasons
In addition the Parish Council may request the planning authority to consider imposing
conditions if the application is granted planning approval, eg enhanced landscaping,
times that industrial units can be in use.
Aspects that the Parish Council Will Take Into Account when Formulating Its Comments
on Planning Applications
General. Whatever the application the Parish Council will always consider:
The policies contained within the Wokingham Core Strategy and associated documents
and the Wokingham Borough Council Design Guidelines. However the Parish Council
will not consider itself constrained by such policies when commenting.
Design Guidelines issued by the Government and by Wokingham Borough Council. Again
the Parish Council will not feel itself constrained by such policies when commenting.
The general design of the proposal, including materials used.
Compliance to the Winnersh Parish Council Strategic Aims document.
The effect the proposal will have on neighbouring properties. However as neighbouring
residents will be given the opportunity to comment directly to Wokingham Borough
Council, comments by the Parish Council are only likely to be made if the proposal
will have a detrimental effect.
The visual consequence of the proposal, particularly from where the development
can be seen by the public generally.
Whether, in the Parish Council’s view, the application will cause any highway problems.
Provision of amenity space.
Landscaping proposals where submitted.
Local knowledge on flooding and drainage issues.
Extensions to dwellings. In addition to the above the Parish Council will consider:
The design of the extension, both in its own right and compared to the existing
The size of the extension, both in actual terms, and relative to the existing dwelling
and to adjacent properties.
The size of the plot on which the complete dwelling will be positioned.
New Dwellings The Parish Council will normally object to any new dwelling unless
it is within the identified settlement of Winnersh, or is a replacement for a dwelling
to be demolished. In addition to the General items above the Parish Council will
The size and design of the dwelling.
Other types of Application. These will generally be considered on the effect that
they will have on the Parish.