View a planning application
Before you begin you will need to know either the planning application number or address of the development. This information can usually be found on press notices, neighbour notification letters or on site notices erected at the development site.
You can also view details of historic planning applications and property history (since 1995), planning enforcement (since 2008) and planning appeals.
Comment on a planning application
All comments must be received before the decision is taken and must relate to planning matters:
- Intensity of development
- Design and appearance
- Highway matters - parking, access and highway safety
- Loss of privacy
- Loss of light
- Protection of the countryside
- Protection of listed buildings, conservation areas and archaeological remains
- Control of pollution and noise
We cannot take into account:
- Loss of Property value
- Commercial competition
- Loss of view
- Matters covered by other legislation, such as the Building Regulations
- Land ownership disputes
- Possible future development - we have to consider the application before us not what might be applied for in the future
Before making a comment please read our copyright and disclaimer notice.
You may also like to know how we publicise planning applications.
Things to consider when making comments on applications
Defamatory or racist comments could leave you open to legal action and will be disregarded by the Council.
In order for your comments to be considered we need to receive them before the deadline set out in the notification letter, site notice or press advertisement. We will still consider comments received after the deadline, provided that the decision has not already been taken.
Comments made, including your name and address, can be read by others including the applicant, please do not include personal details such as telephone numbers and email addresses in the comments area online as these will be automatically published, whilst we make every effort to remove these promptly there may be a period of time when they can be viewed by the public.
We do not enter into individual correspondence about representations on planning or similar applications. We take account of your comments as part of the process of assessing the application, along with all others received. The report prepared to inform the decision-making process (whether for Committee decisions or an officer delegated decision) summarises all the representations and assesses the issues raised in the context of relevant planning policies. This report can be viewed on the Planning Applications Register once prepared, and we will inform you in writing of the decision reached.
You can also make a comment by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to:
Development Management Department
Please include the planning application reference number, the address of the proposed site, your name and full postal address. If you are submitting a petition please ensure each signatory includes a legible name, address and postcode, in addition to their signature. Anonymous letters will be disregarded.
What happens to my comments?
We will record your comments and consider them, and if the application goes to the Planning Committee we will pass them on.
Where appropriate we will seek changes to the Planning Application to overcome concerns. If changes are made to the application we may consult you again.
In all cases we will let you know the decision.
Please be aware that Planning Enforcement is a discretionary power and it might not always be in the wider public interest for action to be taken on a breach of planning control where it does not cause serious harm to public amenity.
Formal action will only be taken when it can be demonstrated that the breach causes serious harm to public amenity and it is expedient and in the public interest to do so. What action is taken will be dependent on the seriousness of the harm.