Planning application consultation

Planning consultation is the way in which we involve members of the public in the planning process.

When planning applications are submitted there is a system in place which ensures that proposals are publicised in order to invite comments from the local community.

If you want to comment on a proposed development in a planning application, you can submit your views to us.

View or comment on a planning application

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.

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.

Material considerations can include (but are not limited to):

  • Design, appearance and materials
  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
  • Loss of light or overshadowing
  • Parking provision
  • Highway safety
  • Traffic congestion
  • Effect on listed buildings and conservation areas
  • Environmental pollution e.g. noise, odour, dust, smoke etc
  • Drainage and flood risk
  • Landscape impact
  • Nature conservation
  • Impact on trees
  • Allocated development sites identified in the Local Development Plan and or Neighbourhood Development Plans
  • Government policy and guidance
  • Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)

However, whilst they may be important to you, there are matters that are not material considerations and cannot be considered when determining an application. These include:

  • The applicant's background
  • Loss of views
  • Loss of property value
  • Maintenance of property
  • Boundary disputes, covenants or other property rights
  • Private rights of way
  • Loss of trade or increased competition