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North Blacon

A project in the North West: assisting with representations on a development proposal

North BlaconNorth Blacon Residents Association (NBRA) benefited from Planning Aid England volunteer assistance in the preparation and submission of representations against a planning application for the development of a large scale student village on Green Belt land to the north of Chester. This was a complex case with the developer submitting three planning applications, each of which was refused.

Philip BartonPhilip Barton (left), the volunteer, assisted with all aspects of the case including researching the proposal; providing advice at every stage of the application process; providing direct professional input (i.e. by writing briefing papers and drafting responses to specific planning-related queries), and by representing the NBRA at Full Council. This was a particularly controversial application which was subject to both local and national media scrutiny (and featured on BBC2's Permission Impossible: Britain's Planners) but as always the volunteer kept away from the cameras!

In addition to providing planning expertise the volunteer also provided "moral support and inspirational words to keep the client motivated to continue to their final success".  This meant that he also shared their pain and joy and found it to be a "very tiring but satisfying volunteer opportunity".

The NBRA said that it was indebted to Planning Aid England for its assistance with the case and for the "unstinting support, help and advice" provided by the volunteer.

The NBRA said that it was indebted to Planning Aid England for its assistance with the case and for the "unstinting support, help and advice" provided by the volunteer.

This support could not be delivered without our volunteers. Assisting groups in making representations on development proposals provides an excellent opportunity for Chartered members to develop their knowledge and skills of the planning system and, in particular, development management.

We are always looking for more volunteers so if this sparks your interest please see How to apply.

Photo of Blacon, top, © copyright Des Blenkinsopp and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence