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Commenting on a planning application
What can I comment on?
We encourage the involvement of local people in the planning
process as set out in our
Statement of Community Involvement, but anyone can make
comments even if we have not notified you.
We always consider your comments very carefully.
You should make sure your comments are sent to us before the
consultation deadline, as we may make the decision soon after
this. Any comments we receive after the consultation
deadline, before a decision is made will be
considered. Only comments based on planning matters can be
taken into consideration.
Planning matters include
- The design of a development. (The design should be high quality
and in keeping with the original property and street scene)
- The effect on historic buildings, conservation areas and
- The potential effect on homes nearby, including loss of light,
loss of outlook, closeness, loss of privacy and noise
- Any effect on vehicle, pedestrian or cycle safety.
Planning matters do not include
- Covenants affecting properties
- Right to Light Act
- Devaluing your property
- Spoiling your view
- Work that crosses the boundary onto your property
- Nuisance caused by building work
- Disturbance from construction work.
For more information please view ‘Guide
to commenting on planning applications’
You can find the
consultation deadline by using our online application search
Use the application number or address to search. The consultation
deadline is shown on the Important Dates tab ‘Neighbour
Consultation Expiry Date’. We usually give people 21 days to
Our adopted practice is to notify all neighbours with a common
boundary with the application site. This applies to all
applications that require consultation, both householder and
Where the proposal relates to front or side extensions then we
would notify those properties opposite the application
site. Where the application is for a single storey rear
extension or conservatory and clearly has no impact on those
properties opposite to the front then there is no reason to notify
them. Similarly with proposals for porches or front extensions
there is no reason to notify occupiers of properties to the
All other development
- Notification letters as described above
- A Site Notice displayed at the relevant site
- Press Notice if relevant.
All planning applications and documents are displayed on our
How to comment
Online is the best method, as it makes sure we have your
Open the application in Public Access and comment using the ‘comments
You can also give your views by writing to the case officer
(whose name and address will be on the letter) or send an email to
What happens to your comments
By law, your comments must be available for anyone to
inspect. Your comments on an application, form part of a
Statutory Register and the local authority has a duty to make this
information available. The comments you provide including
your Name and Address will be displayed on this website
Access your signature, email address and telephone number will
be taken out. If you wish your name and address to be removed
please email email@example.com
your comments will be treated as an anonymous and less weight will
be given to these in the decision making process.
What will happen after my comments have been made?
Due to the large number of responses the council receives, it is
not possible to respond personally to each letter.
All information you send to us in relation to a planning
application is public information. Your comments will be available
for public inspection on the internet.
Your representation will be considered by the planning officer
dealing with the application as part of the decision making
process. All comments received are summarised in the officer's
report. If you have commented on the application we will let you
know the decision.