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Comment on a planning application

Find and comment on planning applications.


  • Find planning applications
  • How to comment on a planning application
  • How we make planning decisions
  • Other queries

Search and comment on an application

To comment on an application, please search for a planning application at the top of our Planning Search page.

Go to our Planning Search page

To comment on an application, find the application by searching the website.

You must provide your name and address. We don't accept "confidential", “private” or “anonymous” comments. Your comments will be publicly displayed.

Comments should be made within 21 days of the date given on your letter of notification or otherwise when the application was registered, unless bank holiday/s fall within this time, when the relevant number of extra days will be allowed for you to respond before any decision is made

Following submission we normally publish your comments within 2 working days, at particularly busy times this may take a little longer.

We recommend you view the plans before making any comments.

Keep your comments clear and to the point.

Read the guidance for commenting on a planning application

Who can comment?

Anyone can comment on a planning application. You don't need to be notified.

Any planning issue raised will be considered but only if they are "material considerations".

A material consideration is an item that should be taken into account when deciding a planning application or on appeal against a planning decision.

Read more on the Planning Portal

How we decide applications

We can't take into account things such as:

  • Poor neighbour relationships or behaviours
  • Loss of property value
  • Private land ownership disputes
  • Covenants on land (which are unaffected by planning permission)
  • Loss of a private view
  • The impact of construction work
  • Competition between firms
  • Personal morals or views about the applicant 

Read more on how we decide applications

Other queries

Overlooked property

Planning Applications may be objected to because a building project would overlook a property, but provided it passes the mathematical test, called "the 45 degree test", the application would be considered acceptable. Learn more

A "right to light" will come into existence if it has been enjoyed uninterrupted for 20 years or more, granted by deed, or registered under the Rights of Light Act 1959.

Read more on the Planning Portal


If you have concerns about noise from construction works you should contact our Environmental Protection Service.


Normally you are responsible for drains inside the boundaries of your property. The sewerage company is responsible for sewers and lateral drains, which are outside of property boundaries.

Although most sewers are now publicly owned there are still some private or unadopted sewers. If your property is served by one of these, you may be responsible for maintaining it.

Read more on the Planning Portal


The law requires the owner of a property or land to use it in a way that does not increase the risk of flooding to a neighbouring property.

If works are carried out on a property that results in flooding to other people's property, the owner of the site may face civil action.

Read more on the Environment Law site

Terms and Conditions

We may publish any comment on any application, including personal information contained within it (such as a telephone number or email address). We don't accept "confidential" comments.

By submitting your comments you confirm that you agree to this and accept legal responsibility for your comments.

No acknowledgement will be sent and all comments will be publicly available.

The plans, drawings and material have been submitted to us in order to apply for planning permission. They are protected by the Copyright Acts (Section 47, Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988).

Information will be held on our system and is available for public viewing via the website. This is for consultation purposes only.

Copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner (i.e. the applicants or their agent).

We make every effort to maintain the accuracy of the information on this website but cannot accept responsibility for and disclaims all responsibility for any loss or damage which may arise from the use of the information provided.