Chaired by Trevor Sherling

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The purpose of this sub-committee is:

  • To review all planning applications made to the council relevant to Northwood.
  • To monitor any proposal to develop in the green belt.
  • Where planning applications are not in conformity with the Local Plan, to ensure that formal objection is made.
  • To attend the relevant borough planning meetings.
  • To provide advice and support to neighbours or local groups considering objecting to a planning application.


Many of our members have expressed concern about planning applications in their area, but they are unsure how to find out more or raise an objection.

If you would like to view planning applications online, here is how to do so:

  1. Go to the LBH Home page at
  2. Click on the Quick Link to 'Planning and Building' on the left hand column under 'Services'.
  3. Click on 'Search for Planning Applications' (on left hand side).
  4. Click on 'Search Now'.
  5. Enter an application reference if known, or a house number and road name and choose Northwood Ward.
  6. This will open a window of relevant applications; click on the green reference for details of any particular application.

After your neighbour's planning application - what then?

There are a number of instances when after planning permission has been granted and work has started what you expected to see does not quite match up to what was approved by the Council. This could of course be due to errors on the part of the contractor failing to read the drawings correctly or it could be something altogether more invidious. Whatever the reason, neighbours and other interested parties are advised to keep a close eye on building work as it progresses. If you suspect that the approved plans are not being adhered to it is essential that concerns are reported back to the Council so that these may be investigated. The department which will investigate is the Planning Enforcement Department and the telephone number is 01895 250230.

Residents should not regard this as in any way "snooping" as it could be that the mistake in implementation is a genuine one, and reporting it early could ultimately save the householder concerned money spent to rectify the error. Alternatively, if it is being done intentionally then that is in itself unneighbourly and should be reported.
Equally, if you think a neighbour has breached planning and carried out works without consent then enforcement can be advised. To see the range of potential breaches that the council can investigate:

  1. Go to
  2. In the search box enter ‘planning enforcement’
  3. Go to ‘What we investigate’

 Contact us using this form. Or email direct to the above email address.


In our March 2014 Newsletter we reported that the public consultation on Part 2 of the new Local Plan was due to start in March. Recent enquiries of the Council indicate that that date has been put back to an as-yet unspecified date in May. We understand that the consultation period is still expected to be 6 weeks.

Nick Hurd MP convened today (25th February)a meeting in Parliament to discuss TfL plans for Northwood.

Attendees included Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at TfL, plus Tony Ellis, Chairman Northwood Residents' Association, Cllr Carol Melvin and Cllr Scott Seaman-Digby of the Save our Northwood Campaign.

Nick Hurd commented:

"The meeting was both frank and constructive. TfL were left in no doubt about the need to rebuild trust and engage with local businesses. They will be putting out a statement very shortly which will clarify their position and the next steps. There seemed to be a common desire to work together to find a better solution for Northwood and I welcome that."

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has responded to a letter from our Chairman and demonstrated an interest in the SoN campaign. Read Boris's reply here.

Earlier this week, My Northwood News asked Sainsbury's about their position following the letter from TfL to Nick Hurd. The response from Sainsbury's was as follows: "Our plans have not been dropped and we will continue to work with TfL and the developer". This statement conflicts with the contents of TfL's letter so we have written to Nick Hurd and Graeme Craig (Commercial Director of TfL who wrote letter) for clarification.

Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at Tfl has written to Nick Hurd MP following a meeting on the 25th of February 2014. Please click here to open the letter.

TfL has written to Nick Hurd MP with details of their revised approach to the site and desire to work with the community. Vist the SoN website at for further details.