Planning Committee (PLAN)
The Loose Parish Council Planning Committee (PLAN) usually meet on the third Monday of each calendar month, and again two weeks later, depending on planning applications received. Meetings held on the third Mondays are usually before the main Council meeting at 6.45pm (n.b. LPC meetings are not held in August, although planning meetings may still be). Note should be taken of the start times given in agenda, as these may vary.
Draft minutes are uploaded onto the website shortly after the meeting. Agreed minutes are uploaded once they have been confirmed at the next Planning meeting.
Agendas for every meeting are displayed before the due date, on the notice boards as well as on this website.
Loose Parish Council (LPC) does not determine planning applications. This is the role of Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) as the Planning Authority. LPC makes a recommendation to MBC regarding its position on an application as agreed at its planning committee meetings.
Planning Committee meetings are open to the public. If you wish to speak you may do so for three minutes.
LPC has a policy that it does not meet with developers to discuss proposed applications, prior to applications being received by the Planning Authority. However, it does facilitate public meetings on applications at which developers and the public are welcome to attend.
If you need any more information please contact the Clerk.
Having your input on Planning Applications at parish level
Prior to Covid restrictions, Loose Parish Council welcomed visitors to its planning meetings to voice their opinions on applications. Post Covid, meetings have not been possible.
Currently, recommendations from the parish on applications to Maidstone Borough Council (the Planning Authority) are determined from councillors “round robins” on line within the parish council. The consensus from the round robins formulates the recommendation.
To comment on an application write/email MBC Planning with a copy to Loose Parish Council. It would help if comments are submitted early in the consultation period. This would allow parish councillors to take in your views prior to formulating a recommendation to MBC.