Parish councils have the right to make comments on planning applications affecting their area.
The planning authority (which is usually Broadland District Council) allows a parish council 21 days to respond to a planning application. The application will be considered by the parish council at the relevant council meeting and the application will feature on the agenda as an item to be discussed. Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings and, can speak during the public participation item to give their views on any planning application. They are also encouraged to provide their own comments on the District Council's planning pages.
If there is not a meeting within the 21 days, the parish council applies to extend the time limit. Whilst the overall decision is the planning authority’s, the parish council’s local knowledge, combined with an understanding of the planning process, means that its views are more likely to be heard by the planning authority, so long as the parish council provides valid planning ‘material considerations’.