Which comments or objections are considered

We reserve the right to withhold from publication on this website any comments, or parts of comments, not considered suitable for public viewing.

Please also be aware that making defamatory comments could leave you open to legal action.

We will not consider or publish comments which are:

  • offensive statements that lower a person's reputation personally or within their trade, profession or business
  • racist statements – which are those that discriminate against individuals on racial grounds including their race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins
  • discriminatory on grounds of religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability
  • submitted anonymously

Reasons you can comment on or object to a planning application

You may comment on or object to a planning application for reasons such as:

  • the proposal being in conflict with either the local or national planning policies
  • principle - if you feel that the very nature of the proposal is inappropriate and that the use of land/property should not change
  • overlooking - the proposal could lead to a loss of privacy
  • overshadowing - the height or proximity of the development could lead to a loss of daylight for instance to habitable rooms
  • disturbance - potential noise, fumes and other odours could lead to a loss of the amenities you currently enjoy
  • overbearing - the scale of the proposed development could have an oppressive impact on nearby properties
  • out of character - the design or scale of the development appears to be out of character with its surroundings
  • road safety - the development may lead to a significant impact upon road safety, traffic, parking or access problems
  • the development would harm on setting of a listed building or character of a conservation area

Reasons we will not take into account

We will not take into account comments or objections related to:

  • encroachment onto another person's land - if the application includes land in your ownership, you should receive prior written notice from the applicant - if you have not received this, please let us know
  • loss of value to a property
  • loss of view, and potential difficulties in property maintenance
  • hours of work during construction
  • business or competition issues relating to the applicant
  • increased fire hazard
  • conflict of the application with covenants

Duplicate comments

Please do not submit duplicate comments. We will only consider one comment per household.

Time limits and acknowledgments

We do not provide acknowledgments to comments received, other than the automated response generated by the online system.

Comments will take at least 48 hours to appear on the public website and may take longer during times when large volumes of comments are being received.

There is a time limit of 30 minutes when you add a comment on the online planning register. You might want to prepare your comment in advance and then copy and paste it into the comments page so that it doesn't time out.