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How can I comment on a planning application?

How can I comment on a planning application?

Commenting on a planning application

Any written comments you make about an application, by law, must be publicly available. Please allow at least three weeks for comments to appear on our website.

Making Comments Online

You will need to register/log in to make a comment online.  Once you have done this, search for the application and click on the "Make a Public Comment" icon.  When you submit your comment, you will receive an automatic reply giving you a preview of comments.  Please be assured that when we publish your comments, the formatting that you apply will remain. Please also be aware that the website may time you out after 20 minutes, therefore preparing your comments in advance in recommended. If your comments do exceed 2000 characters, you will see a warning suggesting that the comments have been truncated. This is not the case and your comments will be published in full.

Comments made online will not automatically appear on our website and instead will be vetted first to ensure there are no offensive or defamatory comments.  Your address will be published on our website but your personal details, i.e. email address and telephone number, will not appear.

Why do I have to register to make a comment?

Registering on the website will protect yourself and the Council from identity theft and it also offers the following benefits:

  • Receive an instant email acknowledging receipt of your comments.
  • Ensure that your email address will not be published on the website.
  • Allows you to track the application and receive email updates.
  • Perform and save map searches for your area and receive email notifications when new applications are received.


Please note

Please take into consideration the following points when you may make a comment supporting or objecting to an application: Your comments will in due course appear on our website. Your name & address will be published but, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, telephone numbers and email addresses will be removed. Please ensure you do not include personal details in your comment text such as email addresses or telephone numbers. Please make sure that your comments are relevant, because you remain personally and legally responsible for them. The Council reserves the right to reject any comments which in its opinion contains comments that are deemed to be potentially libellous, defamatory, threatening, abusive or contravenes the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 or any other legislation. The Council will identify and redact/remove such offensive or defamatory comments.

Your name and address may be given to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant in the event of an appeal, including an enforcement appeal.