Freedom of information response

Planning applications for proposed residential developments

Publication date: 
Monday 11 May 2020
Request: 

1. Is 'Separation Distances between buildings' the only method used as a guide to assess visual privacy in the determination of planning applications for proposed residential developments?

2. If the answer to question 1 is no, what other methods are used to assess visual privacy in the determination of planning application for proposed residential developments?

For question 1, can you provided me with a 'Yes' or 'No'.

For question 2, can you provide me with just a list of the methods.

If there are no established guidelines on how visual privacy is accessed, can you also include that in your response.

Response: 

1. No

2. The Council’s Design Guides which are available on the Council webpage show how the Council approaches design, including layout and privacy issues in the planning process: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/design-guide-for-planning/overview

Methods such as comparative assessment of existing built form can also be used.

Site visits are also used to carry our assessment of privacy.

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Request reference:
FOI 9955