Owslebury & Morestead Parish

Planning Applications

Plans and supporting documents can be viewed online and comments can be made on any planning application by searching here on the South Downs National Park website or here on Winchester City Council website.

Application No: SDNP/24/00024/NMA (South Downs National Park)

Location: Downlands, Main Road, Owslebury, Hampshire, SO21 1LU

Proposal: Non material amendment to planning application SDNP/22/04974/HOUS – Change cladding material to north extension and reduce work to north elevation.

Deadline for Comments: 9 February 2024

Application No. SDNP/24/00175/HOUS (South Downs National Park)

Location: Puffins, Longwood Road, Owslebury, Hampshire, SO21 1LL

Proposal: Side first floor extension, front veranda, rear roof slope alterations and front garden landscaping.

Comments Deadline: 13 February 2024

 The Role of a Parish Council on Planning Matters.

The role of the Parish Council (PC) is to represent local views and should:

  • Provide local knowledge.
  • Raise areas of concern.
  • Inform, debate, and add value to the process.
  • Contact and involve District Councillors if required.


Parish Councils (PC) are statutory consultees in the planning process and must be informed of all planning applications, and any amendments to those applications, within the parish.

The PC can only comment on these planning applications in the same way as any other member of the public.

Members of the public attending the meeting can comment, speak in support of or object to any application during the ‘Public Participation’ segment of the meeting, but not during the council’s deliberations later. However, they may be asked to provide clarity on details of the application during the PC’s deliberations at the invitation of the person chairing the meeting.

Comments agreed in the council meeting are submitted in via the planning portal by the Parish Clerk to the relevant planning authority. The Planning Authority for Owslebury and Morestead Parish Council is either The South Downs National Park or Winchester City Council.

Please remember that the PC is only a consultee and counts as one opinion. Without advice from residents of the Parish the members of the PC will give their own opinions. The PC can and will seek the views of residents of the Parish, particularly in controversial cases, and will reflect such local feeling during the deliberation process. However, should there be widespread objection, or support, for a proposal the PC will always urge members of the public to send their own individually written letters or emails direct to the planning authority (in your own words rather than a circular type as these are more effective).

It must be understood that the PC’s comments in response to a planning application can only be based on planning matters. Where possible the PC can quote polices in the Local Plan as these are the starting point for considering the merits of any application.

Objections should be clear, concise, relevant, and accurate to stand a chance of being accepted. Whilst the local planning authority must consider the representations of the PC this does not mean that an application will be decided in accordance with the views of the PC. In reaching a decision, the local planning authority is required to weigh up all issues associated with an application and comments made by the PC may have insufficient weight to enable the application to be determined in line with the wishes of the Parish.

Any comments or objections made must have a genuine material planning consideration (see below) and matter of relevance to the development.

Material Planning Considerations include: –

Layout, density.

Risk of flooding or pollution.

Overlooking and loss of privacy.

Overshadowing and loss light (daylight/sunlight).

Access and traffic generation (highway safety).

Local economy.

Design, appearance and materials.

Appearance, effects on street, specially designated area or building (e.g. conservation areas, listed buildings, ancient monuments, etc.).

Adequacy of parking.

Noise and smell.

Landscape, contamination, loss of trees, etc.
Cumulative impact.

Past planning history or appeal decisions of the site.

Central government policy and guidance (National Planning Policy Framework, Planning Practice Guidance).

The following are NOT considered to be material considerations:

History of applicant.

Loss of view.

Commercial competition.

Change from previous scheme.

Impact on property value.

Restrictive covenants.

Ownership of land, right of access.

Noise & disturbance from construction work.

Land & boundary disputes.

Land ownership.

Damage to property.

Private rights of way.

Deeds & covenants.

Private issues between neighbours.

Lots of objectors.

When the PC response is ‘NO COMMENT’ it is satisfied that all the above have been considered carefully and applied to the application under consideration so has no area for objection. However, the PC may make recommendations for planning conditions to be added to the application should the local authority grant approval.

Planning conditions will only be imposed by the local authority where they are:


Relevant to planning and to the development to be permitted



Reasonable in all other respects.


The Parish Council have no jurisdiction regarding suspected planning breaches and urge you to report them yourselves to Winchester City Council

If you wish to report a suspected breach of planning control please visit Winchester City Council website here

Winchester City Council can only investigate cases where a potential breach of planning control has taken place.

Anyone who reports a suspected breach of planning control will need to give their name, address and contact details and a description of the breach.

You will need to supply the following information to Winchester City Council

  • Address of the site of the alleged breach of planning control
  • State when it began
  • State who is thought to be responsible, including their name and contact details
  • Provide clear photos of the alleged breach
  • Describe the harm which is caused (we want to understand how the impacts of what you are reporting affects you)
  • Indicate how you are affected.

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