Comment on planning applications

Details of current and historic planning applications can be viewed using the Online Planning Register.

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Comments can be made online. Comments submitted through this way will be automatically acknowledged and you can monitor updates on the application through our Public Access system.
There is a limited amount of time in which you can make comments. The statutory time given to neighbours to comment on an application is 21 days. It is very important to meet any deadline, or your comments may not be taken into account.
Please note that due to the volume of comments received, it will not be possible to acknowledge your comments or respond to questions concerning an application.
Representations will be kept on public files and may be included within written committee reports or read at public meetings of the committee. In addition, please be aware that any representations submitted will be published online. However, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, signatures, telephone numbers and email addresses will be removed.
You can monitor the progress of an application online. You will first need to register your details in the system which will then allow you to receive e-mail notification about any updates on the application, including the final decision and any subsequent appeals which are lodged..
If you are experiencing problems viewing the application files or require any further assistance, please contact your local area office.
Only material planning considerations can be taken into account. The Planning Portal has further information on what constitutes a material planning consideration. When commenting on an application you should be aware that the following areas are not considerations:
  • Nobody has a right to a view from their property. The Local Planning Authority cannot control the effects of new development on the outlook from existing property except in the general case of residential amenity.
  • Impact on the valuation of property
  • The cost of a development is not a material consideration, and the Local Planning Authority has no jurisdiction to protect developers from expensive projects. Loss of trade or increased competition.
  • A personal interest or a civil dispute.
  • Generally speaking, personal circumstances are not a material planning consideration.
Planning decisions are delegated for approval unless they raise issues which are significant or contentious. There are a series of triggers for referral set out in Part 8 of the Council's Constitution.
You can track the progress of an application on-line using the Public Access system. You will then receive an e-mail notifying you of updates or decisions, including notification if an application is to be determined at committee.

Try to view the submitted plans and forms before you write to the Case Officer, to ensure you understand the development under consideration.  The Council can only take certain issues into account when considering an application for planning permission. You should concentrate on these issues when commenting on an application.

Issues that can be considered include:

  • Whether a proposed use is suitable for the area
  • Whether the appearance and size of a new building/structure is in keeping with its neighbours and the surrounding area
  • Whether external alterations to an existing building are in character
  • Whether adjoining residents will suffer any overshadowing, overlooking or loss of privacy
  • Whether there will be any increase in noise and disturbance, for example from the comings and goings of extra traffic
  • Whether new public buildings have satisfactory access for the disabled
  • Whether there is adequate parking or the development would be dangerous for road users and pedestrians
  • Whether a public footpath is affected
  • Whether there is any visual effect upon the landscape, i.e. loss of trees and hedgerows
  • Whether the proposal conflicts with this Council’s planning policies

Issues that cannot be considered include:

  • Loss of view
  • Loss of property value
  • Boundary or other disputes between neighbours, e.g. private rights of way, covenants
  • Loss of trade from competing business
  • The alleged character or behaviour of an applicant
  • The individual circumstances of the applicant
  • Moral objections
  • The belief that an applicant intends to profit from a development
  • Other consents/licences that may be required

Other application types have different issues to consider:

Listed Buildings

The only factors that can be considered are:

  • The impact of the proposal on the character or appearance of the Listed Building
  • The impact of the proposal on the historic fabric of the building
  • The impact of the proposal on the setting of the Listed Building

They do not include:

  • All other normal planning considerations e.g. traffic issues or impact on residential amenities (Listed Building applications are often considered at the same time as a planning application, if required and the planning issues would be considered then.)

Adverts

These include:

  • Whether a proposed advertisement is too large or unsightly
  • Whether the proposal conflicts with this Council’s policies for advertisements
  • Whether any illumination will unduly affect residential amenity
  • Whether the location of any advertisement will have a detrimental impact on highway safety

Conservation Area Consent

The only factors that can be considered are:

  • The impact of a proposal on the character or appearance of the Conservation Area
  • The historical/archaeological importance of the subject building/structure

Certificate of Lawful Use

The only factors that can be considered are:

  • Factual information about the length of time a building/structure/use has been constructed or taken place
  • Any other evidence to support/refute the claims being made in the application

They do not include:

  • The Planning merits of any particular application or Planning policies
  • Other consents/licenses that may be required

Modification or Removal of Conditions

  • Specific issues relevant to the original reasons for imposing the Planning Obligation e.g. Highways issues
  • Agricultural justification for development
  • Any changes in circumstances since the Planning Obligation was originally completed

They do not include:

  • General or new planning considerations that are not relevant to the original reasons for imposing the Planning Obligation in question