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Search or comment on a planning application

We are currently experiencing a server issue which is affecting the search and commenting on planning applications. We are working to fix the issue as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience.

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Search for information about a planning application

You can search for a planning application. Make a simple search by entering an application number or part of an address. You can use the advanced search tab to narrow down the results.

If you want to find building control information, click 'search' at the top of the page. Select 'Building Control' from the drop down box.

Search for a planning application

For more information about the location of planning applications, use our interactive planning map.

Comment on a planning application

Comments that have been received will not appear online until they have been checked and registered. Please submit comments online as these are quicker to register. Comments received by email do take longer to check, register and upload.

You can comment on a planning application online. Use our public access portal to make comments about a planning application. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one.

What you need to know

Your comment must support or oppose the application, it cannot be neutral. For us to accept your comment you need to register using your home address. Only send us your comments once. If you submit online, do not send the same comment by email or post. This makes it take longer for us to upload comments and make them available to a caseworker.

We aim to submit your comments and make them available online in ten working days. During busy times this may take longer.

The public can see any comments you make online. Your name will appear next to your comments, but we remove information like your home address. Any comments we publish will stay online for four years.
We will not put comments online if they make remarks about:

  • the owner of a property or
  • anyone who can be identified

Comment on a planning application

For more information about the location of planning applications, use our interactive planning map.

What happens next?

How do we decide?

After the 21 day consultation period, a caseworker will visit the site. They consider all comments and other planning issues. Caseworkers decide based on:

  • design issues
  • privacy
  • traffic
  • access
  • landscaping
  • noise

The caseworker cannot decide based on:

  • private property matters
  • any effect on the value of the property
  • the loss of a view
  • anything covered by other legislation
  • the character or motives of an applicant

The caseworker will then recommend how we should answer an application. Sometimes we'll ask local councillors to consider the caseworker's recommendation. This would happen if:

  • there are lots of objections
  • the caseworker recommends we refuse to give planning permission

The council might disagree with the caseworker's recommendation. In this case, the Planning Committee discuss the application. The caseworker's report will be on the case file once we decide.