We comment on national legislation and respond to government consultations, for example within the last year, the Planning White Paper, Statements of Community Involvement, Statutory Consultee Status and Permitted Development Rights.
We have responded to each stage of consultation on the Bradford Local Plan and have been involved from its inception in the Ilkley Neighbourhood Plan.
We scrutinise and comment as necessary on every planning application submitted in Ilkley ward. Many of our comments are positive and encourage owners and developers to aspire to make improvements to their plans.
We keep an eye on our local area and report to Enforcement those developments which appear to have gone ahead without planning permission.
We run an annual design competition to encourage good quality developments in our town.
We keep a particular watch on the three conservation areas and from time to time suggest buildings for Historic England listing.
At present planning applications are running at a high level and we are probably reviewing 500 a year. All of our comments are available to the public and we are happy to discuss plans with owners, developers, neighbours and civic society members when needed.
Consultation on development sites 2021_03_LOCAL_PLAN_COMMENTS_WEB_SITE_VERSION_2.pdf
An analysis of Civic Society planning activity for the last four years, showing the significant increase in 2021:
Ilkley Total Bradford Unable to comment on comments made
Plans submitted 2021 363 6360 77 207
2020 260 5892 52 160 approx
2019 287 - - 184 Approx
2018 280 - - 150 approx