Search and/or comment on planning applications
Please read the following information before entering our online planning system (link at the bottom of the page).
How do I comment on planning applications?
There will be a limited amount of time in which to send comments to the local planning authority, this will be 21 days from the date the application is advertised or site noticed. All comments need to be submitted in writing. To submit your comments you can use our Planning Online facility which can be accessed below. Alternatively, comments can be sent via post or via email.
For more guidance on how to comment on planning applications please visit Planning Help.
What will be considered?
The key point to remember is that you can only comment on ‘material considerations’ that affect the application. These include matters such as;
- Government guidance, planning policy guidance and statements
- History - previous decisions, particularly appeals
- Comments from consultees
- Amenity e.g. privacy, sunlight, daylight, noise and smell
- Highway safety
- Nature, archaeology conservation and landscape
- Impact upon adjacent land use
- Human Rights Act
What cannot be considered?
You cannot bring matters that are not material to the application as these are outside the boundaries of the planning process and are more civil matters between parties. These include;
- Loss of value
- Loss of view
- Viability, including matters such as party walls and structures’
- Private rights (access)
- A change from a previous scheme
- Moral issues
- Restrictive covenants
- Land ownership
Please note the following:
Plans, drawing and material submitted to the Council are protected by the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (Section 47). You may only use material which is downloaded and/or printed for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner.
The online planning history is incomplete and must not be used as a substitute for carrying out a formal Land Charge Search. No responsibility will be taken for any errors or omissions in the planning history information obtained from Planning Online.
The Public Online system is only fully functional with Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher.
Please note that comments received will be available for public inspection. However, comments that would place the Council in breach of our legal duties may not be published.
Only planning applications from mid-2005 to the current date are available to view online. However, if you wish to view plans electronically before mid-2005, you can do so by using the facilities available at the Council Offices via the CD View programme.
Planning Online is available online between 4am and 11.30pm each day.