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Planning consultation

Consultation is the method in which we involve members of the public in the planning process. When planning applications are submitted there is a comprehensive system in place which ensures that proposals are publicised in order to invite comments from the local community.

What the service is for:

If you wish to comment on a proposed development in a planning application, you may submit your views to the local planning authority.  All comments (including objections) received will be taken into account when considering the application.
The comments we receive cannot be confidential. All letters of objection/support become part of the application's case file, which will be published online.

View/comment on a planning application

The nature of your comments must be relevant both to planning and to the application in question.

Only material planning considerations can be taken into account for the purpose of determining a planning application.
Examples include:

  • the relationship to local, regional and national planning policies
  • traffic impact and highway safety
  • privacy, visual impact, overshadowing and overlooking
  • noise and disturbance
  • impact on the character of the surrounding area
  • effects on trees and on the natural environment.

Non-planning issues should not be raised.

Examples include:

  • personal morals or views about the applicant
  • possible effects on property values
  • issues relating to ownership, land encroachment, boundaries, fence lines and party walls
  • restrictive covenants
  • property maintenance
  • loss of private views
  • business competition
  • conflict with other laws.

 How you can access the service:

There are several ways of submitting your comments:

  • by viewing the planning application online and submitting comments via Public Access Service 
  • by email
  • by letter

 Details required:

Please always include the relevant planning application number or address when submitting your comments.

How long will it take?:

We have a 21 day consultation period for comments to be submitted.

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