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How to comment on a planning application

Important information when commenting on a planning application

All representations submitted in response to planning applications are treated as public documents and will be published on our website.

Any matter that you want the council to take into account in the determination of a planning application must be submitted in full. Any correspondence which provides links to other documents or web sites will be deleted or returned as inappropriate and not taken into account This is because the council is not able to vet their content and can not be held liable for any information or material from external sources. 

Whilst the council has internal procedures to comply with data protection legislation and remove all personal data from public comments before publishing, due to the volume of comments received, there is a very small risk that not all the necessary redactions will be made. Whilst a number of controls are in place at the council to mitigate such risks, it is advised that you omit any personal data from your comment.

In accordance with relevant legislation and guidance, personal details including names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, and signatures will not be published. For this reason, we will not publish petitions.

The council cannot publish or retain on file, any letter or other written material which is considered to be defamatory, libelous, or otherwise offensive. Any such correspondence will be deleted/returned to the sender. Any views expressed in such correspondence will not be taken in to account in determining the application.  

All comments should be provided by the Public Access, we no longer accept comments sent via email.  Any comments provided by this method will be returned to the sender and will not be seen by the case officer. 

For applications where comments are supported by attachments (photos etc), attachments may be sent to us via email however the accompanying comment must be submitted via the public access. 

Due to the volume of comments received, we do not issue acknowledgements or enter into correspondence on points raised.

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