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Comment on a planning application

You will need to register or login to comment on a planning application.

Before you can comment on an application, you must verify your email address by following the link we send you.

Once logged in, you will be able to track an application's progress and save searches.

Please note: log in details provided are confidential and only used to prevent anonymous comments. Your information will not be passed on to a third party.

 

Will my comments be made available to the public?

We aim to upload comments for public display within three working days.

All comments received, including name and address details, will be available for public inspection, at our offices and online.  Telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures are removed before comments are made available online.

We will not publish any comments deemed to be offensive.

Will my comments be taken into account?

All comments received are passed to the case officer for consideration.

We consider all of the comments we receive. However, we can only base our decision on planning policy and planning matters.  These include:

  • design issues
  • privacy
  • traffic
  • access
  • landscaping
  • noise

Factors that we cannot take into account include:

  • private property matters
  • any effect on the value of a property
  • the loss of a view
  • matters covered by other legislation
  • the character or motives of an applicant
  • any personal comments about the applicant or occupiers of the application property (we may take the decision not to place your letter on the website if it contains disparaging comments).

How will a decision be made?

Once the 21 day consultation period is over, delegated powers will be used to make a decision on the application. This involves the case officer visiting the site, considering the consultation responses and all other planning issues, and then making a recommendation.

The Principal Planning Officers and periodically the Development Control Manager will consider the officer's recommendation and make a decision.

In cases where there are objections, or the recommendation is for refusal, we will ask the local councillors to consider the recommendation before a decision is made.

If the councillors disagree with the recommendation on planning grounds, the application will go to the next available planning committee meeting.  The case officer's report will be on the case file once a decision has been made.