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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. 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

You can also do a postcode search to view the nearest planning applications to your property.

Commenting on applications

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

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 planning 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

Petitions

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.