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What can I comment on?

What can I comment on?

You can comment in support or objection to any proposal which is currently in the consultation period.

All comments will be reviewed by a planning officer. However, only planning matters will factor into whether or not permission is granted.

Keep your comments to the planning merits / concerns about the development, such as:-

  • the design, size and scale of the proposed development
  • loss of light, loss of privacy or increased overshadowing
  • impact on traffic, parking and highways safety
  • impact on trees
  • the affect on the character of the locality
  • the effect of the proposal upon the enjoyment of your home or garden
  • the possibility of more noise and disturbance

Some matters are not seen as planning considerations and should be avoided when making comments on an application.

Examples include:

  • effect on property value
  • loss of a view
  • private covenant or private interests
  • speculation about the applicant's motives or future intentions
  • the personal circumstances of the applicant
  • land ownership disputes

Please note

The planning application and decision making process is open and transparent. 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.