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.


A message from Tony Ellis, chairman of NRA and Save Our Northwood:

"Bride Hall have informed me that the public consultation will be delayed owing to a rethink on the scheme."

This article appears in the October edition of the Northwood Residents' Association newsletter.

At our public meeting held on 19th August, Northwood residents gave the Save our Northwood (SON) committee a mandate to form a company limited by guarantee and to open a bank account. This has now been done. We were also given a mandate to oppose the proposed development and start a fighting fund.

At the Save Our Northwood public meeting held at Emmanuel Church on Monday 18th November, chairman Tony Ellis informed the crowded audience that Bride Hall will be staging a pre-planning exhibition on the 17th and 18th January 2014. Times and venues will be publicised as soon as they are agreed. Mr Ellis encouraged all to do their utmost to attend the exhibition to demonstrate to the developers the strength of feeling that exists concerning their proposals.

Save Our Northwood

The first Public Meeting was held on 1st July 2013 at Oaklands Gate Methodist Church and was attended by around 400 members of the public. They had come to hear the latest news on the proposed development in Station Approach, to ask questions, and to voice their concerns.  The meeting was chaired by Tony Ellis, chairman of Northwood Residents' Association; he was accompanied on the platform by NRA Planning Officer Jeff Bailey, and our elected councillors: Richard Lewis, Carol Melvin and Scott Seaman-Digby.