Comment on or object to a planning application

When should you Comment?

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. 


Via the Search & View facility. Enter the application reference into the Search field. Click the Search button and select the Make A Comment Tab.

Please note that comments submitted via this method are limited to a maximum of 4000 characters. 


In PDF format attachment to  (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.

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. Please note that there may be a delay in your comments being uploaded as they may require detailed review prior to their publication.

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.

For further information on how we use your personal data please see Planning Privacy Notices and Privacy and data protection (GDPR).

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.