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Comment on planning applications

You can make comments to object or support a planning application within the prescribed public consultation period:

Time period

You can make comments within the prescribed public consultation period. This period is usually 21 days from valid receipt of the application. It may be longer if the application requires a public advertisement or neighbour notification.

Each planning application on the public register displays expiry date for making comments. You can also contact your local planning office to find out the expiry date for a specific notice.

How to make a comment

When submitting a comment, please provide your name and address as we can’t consider anonymous letters or emails.

To be valid, your comment should state clearly why you think we should or shouldn't grant planning permission. And it needs to raise a valid material consideration such as:

  • impact of development on light received
  • impact on privacy and amenity
  • appearance of area
  • impact in conservation area
  • setting or character of a listed building
  • impact on built heritage
  • previous planning decisions
  • noise, odour and disturbance
  • traffic and parking
  • impact on natural environment
  • design, layout and materials
  • local, regional, strategic and national planning policies

The material considerations relevant to any particular application will need to be weighed in the final decision process according to their seriousness and relative importance.

You can submit a comment on a planning application:

  • online by using the ‘make a comment’ function on the public access register – available during the public consultation period
  • by emailing our general enquiries 
  • by writing to us at our correspondence address

When sending your comment by email or paper, please clearly indicate the reference number, name and address of the site your comment relates to.

We process personal information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Your personal data will not be published with your comment.

Comments we won't accept

We can't take into account matters which are sometimes raised but are not normally planning considerations such as:

  • Perceived loss of private view
  • Devaluation in property value
  • Building regulation matters
  • Personal views about the applicant
  • Disputes regarding boundary ownership

We can't accept comments which include inappropriate or offensive remarks. Such comments will not be considered, the writer will be advised of our concerns and asked to amend their letter, or it will be withdrawn.

What happens to your comment

We will assess your comment as soon as we receive it to make sure that it is valid. If it is, we will acknowledge receipt and publish it on the planning register to make it available for public inspection.

Following a site visit, planning officer will consider the comments and judge the proposal against the relevant council policies before making a recommendation.