The laws governing planning are complex and planning consent is required before most forms of development can be legally undertaken. For information on a wealth of planning related matters visit  You can also search Basingstoke and Deane's planning applications register to view specific documents and plans. Alternatively you can visit Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council at the Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AH or contact them by phone on 01256 844844.

The Local Plan and Sherfield on Loddon Neighbourhood plan can be found on the Basinstoke and Deane Borough Council website

The Parish Council is a statutory consultee on planning applications and is normally given 21 days to comment by the Planning Authority of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

There is no obligation on the part of the Parish Council to attend an applicant’s property when considering an application.

Residents are welcome to attend the Parish Council meetings where applications will be considered.  Anyone wishing to comment on a Planning Application will be given an opportunity to speak at the appropriate time during the meeting. If possible, it is helpful to let the Clerk know of your intention to attend either by phone 01256 842662 or by email - If this is not possible and you would still like to make the Parish Council aware of any specific issues with a particular application, then comments can be submitted to the Clerk prior to the meeting for consideration at the meeting. Any comments received after the application has been discussed cannot be taken into account. Please note that any correspondence  received by the Clerk, unless stipulated private and confidential, will be disseminated to all serving  Parish Councillors and the contents, including the author's name, may be discussed openly in a public meeting.

The Parish Council cannot usually revisit an application once an application has been discussed and a resolution made, unless there has there is a material change within the application.

When reviewing applications the Parish Council can only consider planning issues. These can include:
• consistency with the development plan for the area
• traffic and highway safety issues
• overlooking, loss of privacy and loss of light
• scale of the development
• design, appearance, layout and material
• noise, disturbance or smells
• local knowledge of drainage or other possible problems with the surface
• impact on the surroundings

Issues that are not relevant include:
• effect on the value of property
• loss of view over other peoples land
• possible future development not included in the application
• private property rights such as boundary or access disputes
• matters covered by other laws
• the morals or motives of the developer


Local Plan
The council's Local Plan, which was adopted in 2016, is currently being updated to ensure it remains up to date and delivers national and local objectives. Details on the Local Plan can be found on the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council's website Local Plan.
From Monday 22 January 2024 to Monday 4 March 2024 the council held a consultation on the draft Local Plan Update (Regulation 18).
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is currently reviewing all of the representations and a summary will be published later in the year. An updated Local Plan is due to be published in winter 2024/25.

Sherfield on Loddon Parish Council response.
Sherfield on Loddon Neighbourhood Plan Working Group response