View and comment on planning applications

View planning applications online

You can view planning applications online and you can also search on appeals and enforcements.

To comment and to track the progress of a planning application you need to register and use the simple and secure sign-in service. Once you have registered you will be sent an email to confirm your account. If you do not receive this email within a few minutes of signing up, please check your junk email folder.  

View and comment on planning applications

Comments can be made online, or by email or in writing to us and should be submitted within 21 days of when you were officially notified by us, or within the time specified in any advert of the planning application in the newspaper (usually 14 days). Comments received after the end of the relevant notification period will not be considered.

You can comment in support of, or object to a planing application.  Your comments will be made available online to the public. We are required to publish your name and address, however we will not display your signature, telephone number, email address or any defamatory comment.

We can only deal with comments about valid planning issues, some examples of these are: 

  • policies and proposals in the local development plan/strategic development plan
  • layout and density of development
  • design, appearance, materials
  • overlooking/loss of privacy
  • loss of light or overshadowing
  • drainage/infrastructure
  • effect on character of listed building or conservation area
  • nature conservation
  • parking
  • road safety
  • traffic generation
  • noise and disturbance
  • potential flooding and contamination
  • odours
  • government policy

The following examples are not valid comments and cannot be taken into consideration when assessing a planning application: 

  • loss in value of your house or property as a result of the development
  • an opinion that there is no need for the development eg. having enough hot food take-aways in the area already
  • boundary or neighbour disputes
  • loss of a private view
  • health issues
  • commercial/business competition
  • the identity of the applicant
  • where the development has commenced or been completed (in advance of the application for planning permission)
  • moral issues in connection with, for example, betting shops, public houses, amusement arcades

Find out more on what are, and are not relevant matters in commenting on planning applications.

What happens next?

If you choose to comment, we will get back and let you know our decision on the application.

You may also want to search for building warrants applications.

Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Our opening hours are 8.45 - 16.45 (Mon-Thur) and 8.45 - 16.15 (Fri)

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