You can submit your comments to us using Planning Online. Search for the application and click on ‘Add Comments Here’. During the consultation period, planning application plans and documents are also available to view on Planning Online.
We welcome any comments, whether in support of an application or objecting to it, but in making a decision we can only take account of planning considerations.
Comments received must relate to planning matters. These include:
Loss of privacy
Loss of light
Intensity of development
Design and appearance
Highway matters, such as traffic and parking
Impact on community facilities
We cannot take into account:
Loss of property value
Loss of view
Disturbance during building work
Land ownership disputes
Please note that we cannot acknowledge receipt of your comments and we cannot accept comments which include statements of a defamatory nature. If such comments are identified they will be returned and will not be taken into consideration in assessing the planning application.
Please also note that you will not be able to submit online comments for any invalid applications. Occasionally applications are subsequently made invalid due to the provision of incomplete reports. This will prevent you from commenting on an application you may have previously viewed. If you would like to verify this or require further information please contact us.
If you make comments on a planning application, we do not currently publish these online, however they are available for inspection by the public and copies provided on request. Therefore you might like to ensure phone numbers, signatures and email addresses are omitted.
If you are requesting to speak at Planning Committee we may need to pass on your contact details to other speakers who have requested to speak on the same application. This is because there is a combined total of 3 minutes for all objectors to make their public address and the same for supporters of the application. Sharing the contact details allows requestors to collaborate a response together .
We usually give 3 weeks for comments on a planning application, although in practice we accept comments up until the day the application is decided. We cannot guarantee, however, that late comments will be considered. The consultation end date is given in our letters, or any site notices and newspaper adverts, and on Planning Online.
We will make sure your comments are properly recorded and considered. Where appropriate, we will seek changes to the application to overcome planning concerns and if changes are made we may consult you again. If the application goes to the Planning Committee, we will tell them your comments. In all cases we will let you know the decision. Any comments made are available for public inspection, although not currently published to our Planning Online website.