Planning application consultation

Comment on applications

We welcome your comments and will give them careful consideration.

Note: You are only able to comment on applications not yet decided. We recommend you visit our live planning interactive service and check to see if the consultation period has ended.

What should I include within my comments?

Your comments must include your name and contact details and the application reference number (adding the site address also helps us).  

Matters which are normally taken into account

We are only able to take account of material planning considerations. In considering an application, the council has a statutory duty to have regard to the provisions of the development plan and any other “material considerations”. The most common “material considerations” include the following, although the list is not exhaustive.

  • The council's planning policies
  • Central government planning guidance
  • The size, appearance, layout and density of the proposed development Daylight, sunlight and overshadowing
  • Overlooking (but not loss of view) or loss of privacy
  • Means of access, parking, servicing, traffic generation, highway safety
  • Impact on landscape and ecological habitats
  • Crime prevention and community safety
  • Effect on listed buildings, conservation areas and archaeology
  • Noise and disturbance
  • Air quality and odours
  • Ground contamination
  • Flood risk
  • Renewable energy, sustainability of proposed development
  • Previous appeal decisions
  • Hazardous materials/ground contamination
  • Loss of trees
  • Design, visual appearance and materials
  • Landscaping
  • Disabled persons’ access

Matters which cannot normally be taken into account

  • Matters controlled under Building Regulations such as structural safety and fire prevention
  • Other non-planning laws, e.g.  alcohol or gaming licences
  • Private property matters such as:
    • Boundary and access disputes
    • Right to light
    • damage to property during construction
    • private rights of way
    • Restrictive covenants
    • Private drains
  • Effects on property value
  • Trade competition or loss of business
  • Loss of view
  • Problems arising from the construction period of any works, e.g. noise, dust, construction vehicles, hours of work, etc.
  • The applicant's personal conduct, history or motives

Will my comments be acknowledged?

As we receive hundreds of comments on applications each year it is not possible to acknowledge receipt or respond to your comments directly, however we will tell you if the application changes significantly.

Will I be notified of the decision

All comments made will be taken into account in the decision on the application and we will let you know the decision. If the application is to be determined by the Planning Committee you can ask to speak at the meeting. Further information view our public speaking procedure.

How are my comments used?

  • Your comments including any personal details will form part of the planning file and will only be used in the planning decision making process.
  • The planning file is a public document and will be available for inspection at the Council Offices to whoever wishes to see it.
  • The information may also be released as part of a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • The planning file will be retained indefinitely at the council offices
  • In the event of an appeal against a refusal of planning permission for Householder applications only, representations made at the application stage are those that will be taken forward if an appeal against refusal is subsequently made, and that there will be no further opportunity to comment

Contact us

Development Management
2nd Floor, Civic Centre
Darwall Street

Telephone 01922 652677
Textphone and TextBox 0845 111 2910

Visit us

At the First Stop Shop

Office opening times

  • Monday to Friday: 8.45am – 1.00pm

If you are unable to visit the office during the above hours, please email with your enquiry.

This page was last updated on 01 December 2016