Comment on a planning application

Publishing and processing comments

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 planning system, although personal data, such as hand written signatures, email address and telephone numbers will be removed (redacted). However, the names and addresses of those people who commented on the application is published.  Business details will not be removed.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) gives rights to you about how your personal data is obtained and used by us, the 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, or you can complain to the Information Commissioner

Read our privacy notice.

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Offensive, racist, discriminatory, threatening and other statements that are not relevant will not be published.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comments are included, then elements of your representation made be removed/redacted or your whole representation may not be published.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 anonymous comments or those marked private or confidential.