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Consultations on planning applications

You can read about the planning application consultation process, and find out how to submit your comments

Published: 14 December 2020

Last updated: 2 February 2021

A consultation period of 3 weeks is normally provided to allow members of the public the opportunity to comment on planning applications

You can submit your comments online.

Consultation notices can take the following forms:

  • details of the application are published on our website
  • a site notice may be erected outside the property
  • an advert may be placed in the local press
  • letters may be sent to adjoining residents
  • consultations may also take place with statutory consultees such as the Environment Agency, the National Amenity Societies and Historic England in addition to others including local amenity societies and neighbourhood forums.

Contact your local amenity society or forum

Your local amenity society or neighbourhood forum may be able to assist you if you wish to comment on a planning application or get involved in neighbourhood planning.

You can check the list of amenity societies and other groups who we consult on planning applications.
You can use the map below to search by address to find the relevant societies and neighbourhood forums operating in your area.

Map of amenity societies and neighbourhood forums

The council undertakes a review of amenity societies every few years to keep details up to date.

In addition to these groups, much of our borough is now covered by designated neighbourhood forums.
Some are standard consultees on planning applications.

We also a consult a range of other local and special interest groups, such as conservation and 'friends' groups.

Notifications and alerts

You can register online to be sent notifications of applications received within a particular area.

Email notifications using a MyWestminster account are the quickest and most reliable way to be consulted on planning applications

You can get email notifications of all future applications that may affect a property, building or your area of interest.

If you do not have an account, you can register for one and set up a saved ‘Property Search’ or ‘Map Search’.

Recognising amenity societies

We have a long-standing system of recognising certain amenity societies within particular areas.

To be identified as ‘recognised’, groups are asked to demonstrate they have a wide membership within a particular area, good governance arrangements in place as well as access to some relevant expertise for example in relation to architecture, conservation and planning.

Societies which cover small areas, have a small membership or single focus would not generally be designated as recognised amenity societies but may still be consulted on applications.

We undertake a review of amenity societies every few years to keep details up to date.