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What are material planning considerations?

Material planning considerations are matters that can and should be taken into account when making planning decisions. 

By law, planning decisions are supposed to be made in accordance with the development plan (i.e. local planning policy) “unless material planning considerations indicate otherwise”. 

This means that if enough material planning considerations weigh in favour of your development, it should be approved even if it conflicts with a local planning policy. It’s worth knowing what material planning considerations include so that you can increase the chances of getting planning permission for your project.

What do material planning considerations include?

Material planning considerations differ in each case. What is “material” to the determination of one planning application (or appeal) may be quite different to what is “material” in other cases. 

For example, if your development is far away from heritage assets (like Conservation Areas or listed buildings), its effect on the historic environment is unlikely to be a material consideration. However, if your development is at the heart of a Conservation Area or directly adjacent to a listed building, its effect on the historic environment is likely to be one of the most significant material planning considerations. 

Although there is no exhaustive list, it is commonly agreed that all of the matters appearing in the table below are capable of being material planning considerations in a given case.

By contrast, the matters appearing in the table below are NOT capable of being material planning considerations in any circumstances.

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