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Comment on or object to a planning application

Comments can be made by anyone whether in support of, objecting to, or  expressing a general view on an application, although comments relating to 'material planning considerations' can only be taken into account.  You are advised to view the details of the application and plans before submitting any opinions. 

For further advice and guidance including what can and cannot be considered please see the consultation process.

There are a number of ways you can comment on planning applications. 


Comment on a planning application   (this is limited to maximum 2000 characters) 


to plan.apps@westlancs.gov.uk  (this enables you to submit additional information with your comments such as photographs, plans, etc.)

Please make sure you provide the application reference and address of the proposal.

By Post 

to Directorate of Development and Regeneration, West Lancashire Borough Council, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF.

Please make sure you provide the application reference and address of the proposal. 

How we use the information

Comments on planning applications form part of the statutory register and the local planning authority has a duty to make this information available. The Council will therefore publish on its website a copy of your comments including your name & address.

Comments you make must include your name and address but do not include any personal information such as your telephone number, mobile number or signature.  When submitting comments by email you are advised to send them as an attachment to the email if you wish to avoid publication of your email address.

We may be required to release your comments to the Planning Inspectorate for use during planning appeals that have been lodged with them. The Planning Inspectorate may publish your comments in full on their website.

How we will safeguard the information 

The information you provide will be will be kept in a secure office environment and will be held on computer databases that can only be accessed by authorised members of Council staff. 
All staff undergo training and understand the importance of data protection. Access to the Council's systems is via password control so that only people who need to access your information in order to provide Council services are able to.

Data Protection Act 1998

For further information on the Council’s Data Protection Policy contact Andrew Leyland Planning Support Team Leader tel: 01695 585115

Freedom of Information Act 2000 

The Council is required under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to pass on certain information if requested by third parties or government departments unless the Act allows us to withhold that information.