Having your say on a planning application is known as making a representation.
Representations about pending planning applications must be made in writing no later than:
- 21 days from the date shown on your neighbour notification letter, or
- 21 days from the date shown on any site notice or date any notice appeared in the press (please note that site notices and press notices are not posted for all applications)
Representations submitted after the above time limits might not be taken into account because the application might have been decided.
We prefer to receive representations electronically, either through our planning application search facility or by emailing email@example.com
You can also send your views by letter to:
Please quote our application reference number at the head of any email or letter you send and make sure that you provide your postal address.
We cannot take into account representations that do not include your address or are anonymous.
Availability of representations
Please note that all written representations received about an application, including any photographs or other supporting information, are available for public inspection and that they cannot be treated in confidence.
Comments provided will be available in accordance with the access to information regulations (these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Data Protection Act 1998 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004).
Comments about applications that are to be considered by Planning Committee are summarised (and may be summarised alongside other comments) and published on this website, along with addresses of all those making comments.
If a planning decision is appealed against by the applicant, the council must send any comments you have made to the Planning Inspectorate, who may publish them on their website and also forward them to the applicant.
In the case of a householder application, in the event of an appeal that proceeds by way of expedited procedure, there will be no opportunity for you to make further representations at the appeal stage.
Please make sure that you only provide information, including your personal information, that you are happy to be made available to others in this way. If you supply personal information belonging to a third party please make sure you have their permission to do so.
Material planning considerations
Applications are determined in accordance with development plan policy and other site specific material planning considerations, for example:
- design and external appearance of buildings
- proposed means of access
- impact on the neighbourhood
- highway safety.
Private civil matters relating to rights to light, property values or covenants cannot be considered as material planning considerations in the assessment of any planning application.
Speaking at planning committee
Most planning applications are determined by council officers in accordance with an agreed scheme of delegation [pdf - 70kb] rather than be determined by Planning Committee.
However, if you wish to speak at Planning Committee you must make this clear when you submit your comments and, if possible, provide a contact telephone number. We will then write to you to let you know when the committee will consider the application and provide you with the council's protocol for speaking at committee [word - 27kb].
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