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Commenting on a planning application

Find out how to comment on a planning application.

You can comment on a planning application via the planning application search. Search for the application number and click on the 'comment on application' link.

Anyone is entitled to make representations / comment on a planning application. We normally allow 21 days for comments to be made from the date the application is publicised.

Comments can be made in writing to the Planning Control Section.

Comments should be submitted within the period specified in the site / press notice.

Please note that the Council does not accept anonymous comments related to planning applications. Anonymous comments received will not be considered when evaluating the application. Under the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985, your comments, including your name and address, are open to inspection by the public.

In assessing planning applications, the Council can only take into account comments that concern relevant planning considerations and not those based on personal dislikes, grievances, non-planning issues associated with nuisance claims or legal disputes, etc.

Examples of considerations can include:

  • Siting, design and external appearance of the proposed development (e.g. height or bulk in relation to neighbouring properties)
  • Loss of sunlight or daylight
  • Loss of privacy
  • Likelihood of undue noise, or fumes
  • Adequacy of proposed parking and access arrangements
  • Effect of additional traffic
  • Effect on trees
  • Landscaping and proposals for boundary treatment (walls or fences)

Objections which are generally not planning related and which normally cannot be taken into account include:

  • Effect on property values
  • Effect on structural stability (this may be covered by the Building Regulations)
  • Noise, disturbance or inconvenience resulting from construction works (this is covered by the Control of Pollution Act)
  • Boundary disputes (including Party Wall agreement issues)
  • Restrictive covenants (including rights to light)
  • Opposition to business competition
  • Applicant's personal circumstances (unless these can be show to be relevant in planning terms e.g. provision of disabled facilities)
  • Opposition to the principle of development for which outline planning permission has already been granted.
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