Details of how to comment and what comments we are allowed to take into account.

How to comment

The easiest way is to use Public Access, our online database of planning applications, or you can write to us.

Your comment will be made available online to the public.

If you are writing please quote the application reference number and submit your comments within the deadline given.

Please note there is a 6000 character limit and a 30 minute session timeout for comments made via Public Access. We suggest you compose your comments, in word for example, and paste them into Public Access if you expect to take more than 30 minutes to input your comments.

Public Access help notes

  • you must include your name and address

    We suggest you:
    • do not include your signature
    • do not include your telephone number
    • do not include any other information you are unwilling to have published on the internet

What can I comment on?

We are only allowed to take material planning considerations into account when making decisions. Full details are given in new development - have your say.

You should not include any personal information such as:

  • financial information
  • car Registration plates
  • photos of individuals
  • views on other individuals - such as their health or anything defamatory

What happens after I have sent a comment?

  • your comment will be acknowledged
  • all comments can be viewed via the Documents Tab. Comments made directly via Public Access prior to 21 August 2017 on cases which were undetermined at that time can be viewed, but are held within one document, other representations have a document for each one
  • if the application is to be heard at planning committee we will notify you of the date of the committee and your rights to speak at committee
  • you will be notified of the decision

Late comments

If you miss the deadline for making comments online you can still write in but we cannot guarantee that the decision will not have been made.

Comments or representations displayed:

  • have not been checked for accuracy
  • are the views only of the author or authors
  • will be given appropriate weight in the consideration and determination of the application by the local planning authority

Every effort will be made to identify representations which contain personal information or are defamatory. If any are found they will be removed and have no part in the consideration and determination of the application.

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