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View and comment on planning applications

Use Public Access to view and comment on planning applications. Anyone can make a comment on a planning application. You do not need to register to look at or comment on an application. If you do register then you will also be able to:

  • track applications
  • save your searches
  • get email notifications about tracked applications and new search results
Search for a planning application

Your comments, name and address will be published on our website but your signature, email address and telephone number will be removed. Once the application has been determined public access to the correspondence will be restricted in order to protect your privacy/data but it will be retained on the file and is still available to view by planning officers. The privacy notice has more information on how we use your personal data.

Representations received can be found in either the comments tab or the documents tab.

Commenting on applications

You can comment on planning applications and submit your comments online through Public Access.

When making comments you must provide your name and address, if you do not your comments will be considered anonymous and your views cannot be taken into account.

Comments should not contain remarks which might be regarded as offensive, personal or libellous. We do reserve the right to withhold from publication any comments not considered suitable for public view.

Your comments are public and members of the public will be able to inspect and copy your comments by visiting our offices or viewing them on our website.

The application is decided by planning officers or the Development Management Committee. They judge it against published planning policies and take into account all comments received.

What you can comment on and what we cannot consider

You can support or object to a proposal, but planning applications can only be decided on the basis of planning issues, such as:

  • the effect on neighbours' daylight, sunlight or privacy
  • the impact of traffic, road access, highway safety, parking
  • the appearance, bulk or height of the scheme
  • the impact on amenity, such as noise generated by the proposal
  • the potential loss of a valued local service or use, such as a shop
  • the effect on wildlife, listed buildings, trees etc

We cannot consider issues such as:

  • the effect on property values
  • private issues between neighbours such as land covenants, land and boundary disputes
  • competition between rival businesses
  • party wall disputes and fire escape matters
  • loss of a private view


If many people share your view, you may wish to organise a petition. A petition should state the names, addresses and the objections or supporting comments of those signing it.