The JRA supports residents when they object to proposed new developments, PROVIDED that they are objecting on genuine planning grounds. Thus the JRA supported the residents who objected to the Barnardos development on the grounds that the loss of tree cover which would come from the replacement of the Barnardos office block by a number of large houses would lead to a loss of residential amenity.
However it is not a genuine planning reason to object to a proposed development on the grounds that the proposer is an unsavoury character.
In addition, owners of property have "permitted rights" where they do not need planning permission to make changes. Thus a garden fence of up to 6 feet is a permitted right and there is no point in objecting if such a fence suddenly appears.
If residents are in doubt about whether or not it is worth lodging an objection to a development, they should contact the JRA.
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