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What you need to know...
Before using the planning application database and collection of historic decision notices you should read the terms and conditions of use and other information below.
Commenting on planning applications
You can use the planning application database to submit your comments on current planning applications. Comments you make on the planning applications database will be visible to the public. Please do not include any personal information within your main comment field.
To find out more about commenting on planning applications, including what we will consider and what we won’t, please see the consultation section of our planning application process guide.
Plans and application documents
Applications on the planning application database that were received after 2006 will usually include a copy of the application plans and some of the application documents. These can be found on the application record under the ‘Documents’ tab.
We aim to display the most up to date plans for a planning application, however occasionally an application may be revised after it is submitted. This can mean that the drawings shown on the web are not the latest we have received. For decided applications you can check on this yourself by matching the drawing reference numbers with the drawing numbers given on the decision notice.
Decision notices for most applications received from 1986 onwards can be found on the planning application database. Older decision notices can be found in the collection of historic planning notices. If a decision notice is missing from the planning application database and our collection of historic notices you can request an electronic copy of the notice by emailing email@example.com.
Old application reference numbers
Planning applications made between 1984 and 1996 will often have a different format of reference number. You will need to change the format to make it work in our planning applications database.
For example, old references such as 1083/87/23247 or 93/1325/36769 would need to change to a format of: YY/XXXXX/PLANAP, where ‘YY’ stands for the year code and ‘XXXXX’ is the case reference number, which must be a five digit number. Please note that you might need to add ‘0’ in front of your case reference number. In the cases above the revised format for the reference numbers would be: 87/01083/PLANAP and 93/01325/PLANAP.
Terms and conditions of use
The data that the planning applications database draws on is incomplete, so it must not be used as a substitute for carrying out a formal 'local land charge search'. The database includes details of applications dating back to 1986.
No responsibility will be taken for any errors or omissions in the information obtained from the planning applications database. Any actions taken as a result of information displayed on the site are undertaken entirely at the viewer's own risk.
Plans, drawings and material submitted to the council are protected by the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988 (Section 47). You may only use material that is downloaded or printed for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes, and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans. Copies must not be made for other purposes without the prior permission of the copyright owner.
If you have any concerns about any of the information that we display through the planning applications database, please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review your concerns against our policies and take appropriate action.