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Station Road Greenhithe Development

 Objections must be raised by 28th June 2021 to be guaranteed to be included in the decision process

Material Impacts

The council sets out in policy DP5  the grounds that are regarded as material impacts either as single or cumulative impacts. These are things that the developer is able to control in their design such as parking, privacy and noise. Issues like the availability of school and hospital places are the responsibility of the council in balancing these needs against ALL developments in the borough, so do not form part of the normal grounds for why a particular site should or should not be approved. Planning also lists some simple material considerations. Objections and comments linked to policies will likely carry more weight



From Planning Material considerations can include (but are not limited to):

  • Overlooking/loss of privacy

  • Loss of light or overshadowing

  • Parking

  • Highway safety

  • Traffic

  • Noise

  • Effect on listed building and conservation area

  • Layout and density of building

  • Design, appearance and materials

  • Government policy

  • Disabled persons' access

  • Proposals in the Development Plan

  • Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)

  • Nature conservation

However, issues such as loss of view, or negative effect on the value of properties are not material considerations.

Dartford Policy DP5: Environmental and Amenity Protection


1. Development will only be permitted where it does not result in unacceptable material impacts, individually or cumulatively, on neighbouring uses, the Borough’s environment or public health. Particular consideration must be given to areas and subjects of potential sensitivity in the built and natural environment (including as highlighted on the Policies Map) and other policies, and other potential amenity/ safety factors such as:


a) air and water quality, including groundwater source protection zones;

b) intensity of use, including hours of operation;

c) anti-social behaviour and littering;

d) traffic, access, and parking;

e) noise disturbance or vibration;

f) odour;

g) light pollution;

h) overshadowing, overlooking and privacy;

i) electrical and telecommunication interference;

j) HSE land use consultation zones;

k) land instability;

l) ground contamination.


2. Development should not materially impede the continuation of lawfully existing uses. Where any impacts cannot be adequately mitigated, planning applications are not likely to be permitted.

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