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 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.

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 of material planning considerations include:

  • 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 and will not be taken into consideration.

Examples of non-planning issues 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