However Sway Parish Council is consulted, and invited to comment on any
planning applications within Sway Parish. The current 2018/19 members of Sway's Planning and Transport Committee
are Councillors Hugh Marchant (Chair), Melanie Seacombe (Vice Chair), Peter Dance, Ted Fleat, Alex Pepper,
Stephen Tarling and John Warden. The representatives are: Trees: Karen Marshall; Community SpeedWatch: Cllr. Hugh Marchant; and Transport: Cllr. John Warden. The Planning and Transport Committee meets in public, usually
on the second Thursday of the month at Jubilee Field Pavilion. The next meeting is to be held on Thursday 13th September
2018 at 7:30pm; 7:15pm to view plans.
This committee first met in August 2012 and there is an updated introduction for Sway residents linked below.
Any planning matters that do not arrive in time for the agenda of a given Planning and Transport
Committee will be considered at a subsequent meeting of either the Planning and Transport
Committee, or the full Parish Council.
In a survey of applications that come up listed under Sway: 56% were granted subject to conditions (which vary from
the trivial to the onerous); no objections were raised to 6%; prior notification applied
to 3%; approval was granted to 3%; permitted development was noted for 1.5%; there was a
temporary grant subject to conditions to 1.5%, objections were raised to 1.5%; the applications were
withdrawn for 3%; and those refused totalled 25%. Appeals fared less well: of
the 28 appeals from Sway over a 5 year period: 7% were allowed; 21% were allowed with conditions
(which vary from the trivial to the onerous); 7% were allowed in part (somewhere between
everything and nothing); 4% were withdrawn; 7% are not yet decided and 54% were dismissed.
The photo above (Bodgett & Scarper) comes from the Sway Scarecrow Competition 2011. For safer tradespeople in
this area see checkatrade at http://www.checkatrade.com/
If you want to comment on a planning application.
First find the Planning Application - it's probably easiest to go to the New Forest National Park
'Planning Simple Search Page' at
http://publicaccess.newforestnpa.gov.uk/online-applications/ And if it is recent and in Sway Parish just go down to "Weekly List Search", drop down to Sway and search
from the most recent back. When you find the one you are looking for it may be worth making a
note of the application number. On the results page: click on the application
number itself and you'll get to see all the documents. Down at the bottom of that page there is
a link for on-line comments - including support and objections. It is important to get your comments
in to the New Forest National Park Planning Office before the consultation period expires. The
duration of consultation is governed by national law and is usually around 35 days from receipt of the application by
the planning authority, so by the time you notice it, timing can sometimes be tight.
The posting of green notices in the street may happen a while after the application has been received,
so for an important application do not rely on this. Similarly there is no strict direction on
who should get letters of consultation. If you do either see a green notice or receive a consultation
invitation it may be worth alerting other neighbours.
If you would like to air your views at a Sway Planning & Transport Committee or
Parish Council meeting then please do so - you would be welcome.
Seethe Sway Parish Council website meetings page for the date, time and location of the next meeting and just come along. These meetings usually have a large agenda
to get through so comments are usually limited to a few minutes each: from the applicant,
from one representative of supporters and from one representative of objectors. On the New Forest National Parks Planning pages the 'Details
of Planning Application' tab marked 'Documents' will take you to the Case File page and there will
usually be a document entitled "Parish Briefing Note". It may be worth
inspecting that if you are coming along to a Parish Council Meeting, since that will
be one of the documents being considered.
Archive of agenda and minutes now on the Sway Parish