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View and comment on planning applications

New planning applications, once validated, are normally uploaded to our online planning register within five working days. Once published, it is possible to: 

  • Find all drawings and documents related to any live application, including comments from other consultees. 
  • Comment on any live planning application. 
  • View the details of some historical applications. For older applications, we usually offer a historic file request service, however due to Covid-19 we are currently unable to provide this service. We apologise for any inconvenience. 
  • Print or download a weekly list of applications received or decided, by parish. 

We process planning applications once we have received all the documentation required, as listed in our Local Validation Checklists. We are a very busy service, processing 6,390 planning applications between April 2020 and March 2021, so please bear with us as we work through your validation documents and process your planning application.

As of 5 May 2021, we are processing applications from the following dates:

  • Household, full, outlined and reserved matters: 1 April 2021
  • Discharge of conditions: 14 April 2021
  • Pre-applications: 29 April 2021

Commenting on a planning application 

All comments submitted will be published on the online planning register. They are not currently available to be viewed at Council offices due to Covid-19. If you submit a comment, your name will be redacted, but your address and postcode will be published. This is required by national planning regulations to ensure transparency in the planning process. We are unable to take into account any comments that are marked 'confidential' due to national planning regulations. Please do not include any personal identifiable information in your comments, for example, health conditions.

Comments can support, object or be neutral to the application.  

Comments should be based only on material planning considerations and offensive or discriminatory comments will not be accepted. 

Please comment using the online planning register if you can. This means that we have definitely received your comment, that it is assigned automatically to the correct application, and that it is immediately visible. It reduces the risk of unintentional errors in manually processing email or postal comments. 

Comments can be submitted by email or post using our contact details, but there will be a delay of a week before any postal comments are visible on the registerAll comments must be submitted with your name and address (including postcode)We cannot register or consider a comment without this information, due to national planning regulations. 

If you have left a comment and have any concerns about the way it has been publishedplease contact uswith the application reference number and details of your comment, and we will investigate. 

Comments and planning appeals 

In the event of an appeal, comments (known formally as representations) will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate and the person requesting the appeal (known as the appellant).  

The Planning Inspectorate may publish appeal documentation, including copies of representations received, on the Planning Portal.  

At the appeal stage, all information, including names and addresses, will be published by default. If you have left a comment and object to publication in this way, contact the Planning Inspectorate directly giving them details of the appeal reference number. 

Material planning considerations 

We can only take into account certain matters when deciding (determining) a planning application. We welcome comments on these topics, which include: 

  • The principle of development - do you agree that the proposal is the right use or function for the site? 
  • Layout – is the proposal laid out to create a natural and legible street pattern, are the buildings and spaces in the right places on the site? 
  • Scale and massing – is the proposal the right size for the site, and does it relate appropriately to the buildings and spaces around it? Will it cause unreasonable overshadowing or loss of daylight or sunlight? 
  • Design – whether the design is appropriate for the context it is in, and will enhance the local area 
  • Listed buildings and conservation areas – is the proposal appropriate with regard to heritage, including listed buildings, scheduled ancient monuments or other heritage assets nearby? 
  • Green space and biodiversity – does the proposal enhance biodiversity, are trees and hedges affected, and is any proposed green space well-designed to be functional and safe?  
  • Has the applicant taken into account local wildlife or protected species such as bats, badgers, owls, great crested newts and birds.
  • Streets and roads – will they be safe and useable for vulnerable users, children, pedestrians and cyclists as well as drivers? 
  • Are public rights of way going to be enhanced or affected? 
  • Cycle and car parking, refuse and storage facilities. 
  • Noise, fumes or smell that may impact surrounding homes or businesses. 
  • Surface water, foul water drainage and flooding issues. 
  • Design of signage, external lighting or advertisements.

The following are not material planning considerations as defined by national regulations and case law, so we can’t take them into account when deciding planning applications. Please do not comment on: 

  • The loss of a private view from your property. 
  • Boundary disputes between neighbours. 
  • Loss of trade from competing businesses. 
  • Loss of value to your property. 
  • Moral objections– for example to betting shops or amusement arcades. 
  • Personal circumstances – for example, a personal dislike of the developer. 
  • Photographs of your property, neighbours property, people or number plates. 
  • Matters controlled by other legislation – for example, structural issues covered by Building Regulations. 
  • Offensive statements that have a negative impact on a person’s reputation personally or within their trade, profession or business. 
  • Comments that discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

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