Search and comment on planning applications

What can I comment on?

Planning applications are decided on the basis of planning issues such as:

  • The effect on a neighbour's daylight, sunlight or privacy
  • The impact on traffic, road access, parking and servicing
  • The appearance, bulk or height of the proposed development
  • Impacts such as noise generated by the proposed development
  • The potential loss of a valued local service or use, such as a shop or a residential flat.

The council cannot consider non-planning issues such as:

  • The effect on property values
  • Competition between rival businesses
  • Party wall disputes and fire escape matters
  • Moral and religious issues.

We cannot refuse permission for a scheme because of construction noise but we can restrict the hours of work to reduce disturbance to residents and other neighbours.

If you choose to comment on an application, please be aware that placing or publishing discriminatory comments is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010. The Act protects individuals from discrimination based on sex, race, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy & maternity, marriage & civil partnership, religion & belief, sexual orientation & age. Any such comments will be removed from our website & the individuals will be reported to the Police.

What is the time limit for comments?

You must comment within 28 days of registration of the planning application. You can find the deadline by viewing the application online.

What happens to my comments?

The planning officer will consider all comments received about an application and may contact the applicant to suggest changes. Everybody who has commented on an application will be informed of the decision.

Submitting paper comments

You can also write to us. Make sure you include your name and address, and the application reference number. Anonymous comments will not be considered.