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Who can use this service
Anyone is entitled to submit comments on a current planning application - you do not need to live or work near the proposed development in order for your observations to be considered.
What you need to know...
Comments may be submitted online through our planning application database, by email to email@example.com, or in writing. When submitting your comments by email or letter, please remember to quote the reference number of the application and your name and address. We do not accept anonymous comments on applications, and any anonymous comments received will not be considered in our evaluation of an application.
Please be aware that once you have submitted your comments there will be a delay of up to three working day before the comments are published on the online Planning Register. The delay is necessary to allow the council to redact personal information as well as any derogatory or offensive content from the comments.
Comments submitted against planning applications determined before 21st September 2018 are not automatically available. If you are interested in reviewing the comments submitted against any particular planning application prior to that date, please contact us on 020 7926 1180 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your request will be processed and all comments will be made publicly available.
Please note that by law your comments are open to inspection by the public. Personal details, such as name and address, will not be made publically available. However, in the event of an appeal, all details may be passed on to the Secretary of State.
When we assess applications, we can only take into account comments that concern relevant material planning considerations and not those based on personal dislikes, grievances, non-planning issues associated with nuisance claims or legal disputes, etc.
Examples of material considerations can include:
- Policies in the Local Plan
- Government policy and guidance
- Siting, design and external appearance of the proposed development (for example, the height or bulk in relation to neighbouring properties)
- Loss of sunlight, daylight or outlook
- Loss of privacy
- Likelihood of undue noise, or fumes
- Highway safety
- Adequacy of proposed parking and access arrangements
- Effect of additional traffic
- Effect on listed buildings and conservation areas
- Effect on trees
- Landscaping and proposals for boundary treatment (walls or fences)
Examples of objections which are generally not material considerations and which will not normally be taken into account in our assessment of an application include:
- Effect on property values
- Loss of a private view
- Noise, disturbance or inconvenience resulting from construction works (this is covered by the Control of Pollution Act)
- Boundary disputes (including party wall agreement issues)
- Restrictive covenants (including rights to light)
- Rights of way
- Opposition to business competition
- Applicant’s personal circumstances (unless these can be shown to be relevant in planning terms, for example, the provision of disabled facilities)
- Opposition to the principle of development for which outline planning permission has already been granted
Remedy for objections or complaints to a proposed development that are not planning related should normally be sought under civil law rather than planning law.
If you would like to know more about the planning application process and how consultation fits within it, please see our planning application process guide.