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Comment on a planning application

We welcome your views on planning applications.

Submitting a comment

The quickest way to comment on planning applications is to submit your comments online:

  • find the application you'd like to comment on using the button below
  • read all related notes, plans and documents
  • send us your comments by clicking 'comment on this application'

You will receive an immediate email acknowledgement.

Submit comments 

Report an offensive comment on a planning application

Personal data

By law all comments are open to public inspection as they form part of the statutory register for planning applications. Whilst we redact certain types of personal data you provide such as your name, address, postcode, email address and signature – please note that the comments you make are in an open text box and are not able to be redacted.  This means that they will be visible to the public at large. So please do not put any personal data or sensitive data (such as health or financial information) in this box which could be capable of identifying you.  

What you can comment on

Planning applications are decided only on the basis of planning issues such as:

  • the effect on a neighbour's daylight, sunlight or privacy
  • the impact on traffic, road access, parking and servicing
  • the appearance, bulk or height of the proposed development
  • impact such as noise generated by the proposal
  • the potential loss of a valued local service or use such as a shop or a residential flat

The council cannot consider non-planning issues such as:

  • the effect on property values
  • competition between rival businesses
  • party wall disputes and fire escape matters
  • moral and religious issues

We cannot refuse permission for a scheme because of construction noise but we can restrict the hours of work to reduce disturbance to residents and other sensitive neighbouring occupiers. 

Your comments

The planning officer will consider all comments received for an application and may contact applicants suggesting amendments. 

If applicants make significant changes, we may give people who have commented a further 14 to 21 days to make additional observations.

Where an application is to be reported to councillors for a decision, comments received will be available for public inspection 5 days prior to the planning committee meeting and will be summarised in the committee report. People who have commented will be advised of the date, time and location of the committee meeting. You can also register to speak at planning committee.

Everybody who has written to us about an application will be informed of the decision. Where we receive a petition on a planning application, we will only contact the petition organiser. 

Last updated: 4 December 2020