View and comment on planning applications
Public Access system
Text details including Decision Notices and Section 106 Agreements are available on this system from July 1978 to the present day, with the documents available from 2008 onwards.
Just use the link on this page to access the system. You will need a keyword, reference number, or single line of an address. You can also search by postcode but not all submitted applications have a listed postcode. Guidance for registering your details on Public Access is located here.
Comments submitted will be sent directly to the Case Officer dealing with the application, and taken into consideration as part of the application process. Comments must be made in relation to planning issues only, any personal references and/or vexatious comments will not be taken into account or kept on record. The Council disclaims responsibility for content posted directly onto its website via Public Access and reserves the right to remove any content considered to be inappropriate. An example list of matters that can and cannot be taken into consideration are listed here.
Please note that any comments made, including personal details submitted, can be seen by Councillors, the applicant and members of the public, and is published on Public Access as part of the planning application. We will endeavour not to publish signatures and telephone numbers. All comments received will form part of a public document which will be available for public inspection, therefore do not supply details you do not want published. Comments submitted on Public Access in relation to an application arising from a planning enforcement investigation will still be publicly viewable, including the personal details submitted.
Please note that the system is time sensitive and will automatically expire after 30 minutes. If you are making lengthy comments you are advised to make a draft version in an alternative format and then use the copy/paste facility to place the text into the comment box.
If you have any issues with Public Access, this may be due to the web browser you are using. Please report any issues you have via the report function of the website and if possible please state which browser is being used (for example, Chrome, Internet Explorer) so that the matter can be investigated.
There are limited times when essential system maintenance is required to keep the system at optimal performance and this may result in the service being temporarily unavailable. We aim to announce such requirements on this page. There are also times when the service may become unresponsive. This typically occurs in late evening due to server backup works. If you experience one of these unresponsive periods, it is advised that you access the system again after a short period.
Other Ways to comment
Alternatively you can submit your comments by writing or email. Please include the reference number at the head of any letter or email. Comments will need to be submitted in writing/email to be taken into consideration as part of the planning application.
We collect, hold and process information supplied by you in accordance with the Data Protection Act, to allow us to provide services effectively. Information relating to Privacy Notices and the Privacy Notice for Development Management relating to the submission of applications is available here.
Complete planning history details are not available online. However, they can be requested. Here are our contact details.
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Planning matters determined at Planning Committee can be viewed on the Meetings, Agendas and Minutes page. This lists the Planning Committee agendas and respective Minutes in date order.
Legal, Planning and IT Officers have worked together to understand and implement the practicalities of holding virtual Planning Committees as set out in The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 which came into force on 4 April 2020.
As a result the Council will be holding Planning Committee using a virtual format.
As a result of the change to virtual meetings, the Borough Council's Planning Committee Procedure Rules have been amended. This includes changes to the public speaking procedure at Planning Committee meeting. The adopted Planning Committee Procedure Rules incorporating these revisions is available here.