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A step by step guide to submitting a planning application comment


Step 1:

Search & Find the planning application, using the reference


Step 2: 
Either Log in if you have an existing account or register for a new account.

Please only use real names & addresses, as incomplete or incorrect details will not be considered. The post code is also used to give more weight to the opinion of local residents or businesses.


Step 3:  Register, if needed.


Step 4:
On the comments tab, click 'make a comment'


Step 5:
Commenter type, select as appropriate.

Select if you wish to Object, Support or Neutral.


Step 6:

Input your comments and press submit.

Please see the advice below this.


If you are still unable to use the planning portal, please email and we may be able to provide a direct email, which changes between each planning application.

Some general advice on comments, from ( )

"The planning issues that are taken into account

We have a statutory duty to consider the provisions of the Local Plan and any other "material considerations". The most common "material considerations" include (the list is not exhaustive):

  • local, strategic, regional and national planning policies

  • Government circulars, orders and statutory instruments

  • previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)

  • design, visual appearance, and materials

  • layout and density of buildings

  • loss of daylight or sunlight

  • overshadowing/loss of outlook (but not loss of view)

  • overlooking/loss of privacy

  • noise and disturbance from use

  • smells

  • light pollution

  • highway safety issues

  • traffic generation

  • vehicular access

  • adequacy of parking

  • loss of important trees

  • landscaping

  • nature conservation

  • intrusion into the open countryside/ Green Belt

  • risk of flooding

  • effect of Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

  • archaeology

  • hazardous materials and ground contamination

  • disabled persons access

We cannot take into account

Many concerns cannot be addressed through the planning process, these include:

  • loss of view

  • loss of property value

  • breach of restrictive covenant

  • loss of trade to a competitor

  • the level of profit a developer might make

  • personal circumstances of the applicant (in most cases)

  • moral objections e.g. to uses such as amusement arcades and betting offices

  • matters controlled under Building Regulations or other non-planning laws, e.g. structural stability, drainage, fire precautions etc

  • private issues between neighbours e.g. land/boundary disputes, damage to property, private rights of way, covenants etc

  • problems arising from the construction period of any works, e.g. noise, dust, construction vehicles, hours of work etc.

  • the development is already completed "

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