Comment on a planning application

Comment on a planning application

Comments from residents on planning applications are important when considering any development that requires planning permission. Submit your comment now by following these 3 easy steps:

  1. Review the guidance to commenting on an application.
  2. Select the 'Search and comment’ button above.
  3. Find the application you want to comment on and select 'Comment on this application'.

Guidance to commenting on planning applications

The planning case officer can only refer to 'material consideration' when recommending a decision. Comments that contain 'material considerations' will be weighed in the final decision process according to their seriousness and relative importance.
Please see the lists provided of commonly raised items. The lists are not exhaustive and are only provided as guidance.

We can consider

The building

  • Design, appearance and materials
  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
  • Visual amenity
  • Layout and density of the building
  • Loss of light or overshadowing
  • Disabled persons' access

Natural & historic environment

  • Landscaping or loss of trees
  • Effect on conservation areas and listed buildings
  • Nature conservation or archaeology

Impact of the development

  • Adequacy of parking/loading/turning
  • Highway safety or traffic generation
  • Noise, smells and disturbance
  • Hazardous materials

Other considerations 

  • Local and national policies and guidance
  • Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)

We cannot consider

  • The perceived loss of property value
  • Private disputes between neighbours
  • Disputes over ownership, fences or rights of way
  • The loss of a private view
  • The impact or disruption caused by construction work
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Morals or personal views about the applicant
  • Building regulation issues including, structural stability, drainage, fire precautions, hygiene and internal space

We will not consider

We will not consider comments that:

  • are anonymous
  • contain offensive or discriminatory language   

Comments containing either of those will not be considered when we decide the application and may also be removed from the application case file.

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