Hartford Parish Council is kept informed of Planning Applications in the parish. Whilst we do not have the authority to permit or refuse an application, we are able to review each application in detail and make comment, drawing on our local knowledge.

Planning applications are discussed at parish council meetings each month (or occasionally at separate Planning Meetings) which the public may attend in the usual way. All comments will be reported in the minutes.

Decisions are taken either by the Cheshire West and Chester’s officers or an application may be referred to the CWAC Planning Committee for consideration (made up of CWAC Councillors).

Planners will also take notice of a Parish’s Neighbourhood Plan. These documents are prepared by local people to provide design criteria for the appearance of new buildings, including extensions, so that they blend with the local environment and reflect local character.

CWAC’s Planning Department can give advice about planning matters and has design guides and other information about what development requires planning permission and how to obtain it as well as the requirements of Building Control and regulations.