Monday 11 October 2010 5.08pm
you should rather stay home and have a nice cup of tea. That will be a more productive use of your evening.
Although the planning process is far from perfect I think this suggestion is unduly pessimistic.
If you want to comment on a planning application you should do so-previous posts in this thread give helpful advice about sources of information. Better still get neighbours, local groups, councillors to support you. It can make a difference.
I don't want to sound all 'Big Society' on this but I do think it is important that people aren't put off from doing things like commenting on planning applications by negative comments.
No connection with Southwark Council
,planners or developers!
I fully agree.
If everyone thinks my opinion won't make a difference and stays quiet nothing will ever happen.
I've been objecting to a number of things in the past (planning and licensing), and in connection with neighbours who also objected and the help of local councillors supporting us some of the comments have been taken on board I like to think.
Of course, I can't prove it was because of our objections that some of the things were not granted or had conditions attached, but I'm sure it will have at least made a difference and given local councillors room to take our side also objecting to a proposal on our behalf.
I usually write a full letter of commenting rather than using this online comment box and always
copy my local councillor in.