Commenting on a planning application
Please make sure your comments are clear and easy to understand. Please also note that your comments will not be acknowledged, but they will be available to view online. Your comments may also be forwarded or copied to other parties.
You can also comment in writing. Please send your comments to the address indicated in your letter of notification, or as contained on the site notice or in a press notice and in the timescale specified. Alternatively they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote the planning application reference number when making comments - this may be found via the application search online.
Anyone can comment to support or object to any application that's currently open for consultation, whether it directly affects you or not, even if you haven't received a letter notifying you of the application.
You normally will have 21 days to comment from the date of your letter, or the date of the site notice or press notice to comment, unless it relates to a proposal that has been amended during the course of the consideration of the application, when the time to comment may be reduced- more information regarding this is available within the statement of community involvement.
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View more information on how to comment.
What happens to your comments
All comments and objections will be considered alongside all other planning considerations that relate to the application, unless they are made anonymously. These considerations may conflict with one another and it is our role to balance an application against planning policies and against other relevant factors - a decision that does not reflect your comments does not mean they were ignored.
If an application is considered by the planning committee, you may have the chance to speak at the committee meeting.
If the application is subject to appeal, comments are forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate.
Publishing & processing your comment
By law, all comments received must be open to public inspection, as they form part of the statutory register for planning applications. We publish comments on our website, although personal data, such as signatures, email address and telephone numbers will be removed. However, the names and addresses of those people who commented on the application is published.
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) gives rights to you about how your personal data is obtained and used by the council, as ‘data controller’. We will retain your correspondence, as is required in accordance with the town and country planning legislation. We may also share information you provide with other departments of the council and certain organisations, such as statutory and non-statutory consultees and the Planning Inspectorate, as is required by statute and for the purposes of processing the application and/or appeal.
We therefore process your personal data in the exercise of our official authority and in carrying out a task in the public interest. You have rights of access, rectification, erasure and restriction in respect of your personal data.
If you have any concerns regarding how your data is processed and/or retained, please speak with an officer from the development management team initially. You may also wish to refer the matter to our data protection officer (email@example.com) or you can complain to the Information Commissioner.
Offensive and racist comments
Offensive, racist, discriminatory, threatening and other statements that are not relevant will not be published. If such comments are included, then elements of your representation made be removed/redacted or your whole representation may not be published. These comments will not be taken into consideration in the determination of the application.
Anonymous or private/confidential comments
Due to the legal requirement to make representations available for public inspection, we cannot accept anonymity or comments marked private or confidential.