I am not sure how you came to the conclusion that this is a community based project, or that it would be funded out of the service charge.
It is a personal application for planning permission by Chris. As part of the process he will have to table the application to the board. I should imagine this will occur after the decision by the council. The council considers the opinions of those parties who have a view as part of the planning process.
Hope that clarifies the matter for you.