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 might time you out after an hour so bear this in mind if your comments are lengthy.  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  • Ensure that your email address will not be published on the website.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.

Making comments via Post

If you are unable to use our online search facility you can submit comments:

  • By letter, addressed to Development Management, Causeway House, Braintree, Essex, CM7 9HB

Please make sure that the application number and/or site address is included in all correspondence. Please ensure you include your name and address as anonymous comments will not be considered when a decision is made. We will redact any personal details such as telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures but to help us, please refrain from signing letters with a signature.

Please note

The Council reserves the right not to publish or take into account any representations which are openly offensive or defamatory. Comments of a personal nature are in any case irrelevant to the determination of a planning application.

The planning application and decision making process is open and transparent. You should be aware that if requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Council must make all comments received available for inspection and copying by any member of the public, including the applicant.