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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 register and 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.

Please only send us your comments once. Please do not send the same comment through other channels, such as email and by post if you have submitted your comment online. The same comment sent to us multiple times slows down the process of checking and uploading comments, meaning that comments take us longer to publish and make available to officers.

Making a comment online

When using our public access portal to make a comment on planning application please be aware of the following:

  • You may make a comment supporting or objecting to an application. Neutral comments cannot be taken into consideration and won't be accepted. Your comments will be submitted and made available online in due course.

  • We aim to process your comments within three working days but these times may vary depending upon the volume of comments we have to process.

  • We will not display your sensitive personal data online.

  • When writing your comments online, it is recommended that you save a copy of your text before pressing submit.

  • When reviewing comments please open both the "Public Comments" and "Consultee Consulted" tabs to view all representations.

  • We are not able to accept any photographs with comments submitted to us. No photos will be published. This is to comply with data protection legislation.

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 the commenter's name, will be available for public inspection, at our offices and online. Telephone numbers, email addresses, postal addresses and signatures are removed before comments are made available online.

We will not publish any comments deemed to be offensive.

Please note that all comments made will be retained and publically displayed for a minimum of four years in order to comply with our statutory obligations under the Openness of Local Government Act (2014).

Discharge of Condition applications have no statutory consultation period and we do not invite third parties' comments for these applications. Any comments received will not be logged and will not be made available to the case officer in the determination of the application.

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.