How to comment on a planning application

Anyone can comment on a planning application, but your comments must be made in writing. We do not accept anonymous comments so please provide your name and contact details. Please ensure that you have considered what you wish to say and that they are issues that we can consider in deciding the application.

Due to the high volume of comments we receive, we do not acknowledge receipt of comments made or engage in discussion regarding an application.

You may make a comment supporting or objecting to an application. They will be summarised in reports completed by the case officer.

Your comments will not be displayed online but may be made available to others on request. We will not disclose your personal data.


The best and easiest method to comment on a planning application is by using ourĀ Public Access system, which will send your comments directly to the officer dealing with the application. You will also receive a copy of your comments by email if you wish to. To comment on an application, select the ‘Make a Comment’ button or click the Comments tab once you have found the application using the search function.


You can comment by email directly to the case officer, using the details provided on the notification letter or online. Alternatively, you can email your comments to making sure that you include the reference number of application you are commenting on.

By post

You can also send your comments to us by post, although this will mean we will not receive your comments as quickly as the other methods. Send you comments to the following address:

Development Control Team
Town Hall
Manchester Road
BB11 9SA

In person at Development Control Committee

Details about applications being considered by the committee can be found on the committee system website, which also explains how you can speak at the committee meeting.

Issues we can consider

We can only consider certain matters when determining a planning application. These are land use issues that will vary according to the application being decided, but may include:

  • The council’s planning policies
  • Central government planning guidance
  • The size, appearance, layout and density of the proposed development
  • Daylight, sunlight and overshadowing
  • Overlooking or loss of privacy
  • Means of access, parking, servicing, traffic generation, highway safety
  • Impact on landscape and ecological habitats
  • Crime prevention and community safety
  • Effect on listed buildings, conservation areas and archaeology
  • Noise and disturbance
  • Air quality and odours
  • Ground contamination
  • Flood risk
  • Renewable energy, sustainability of proposed development

 We cannot consider a number of things in coming to our decision, these include:

  • Private property matters such as
    • boundary and access disputes
    • right to light
    • restrictive covenants
    • capacity of private drains
    • damage to property during construction 
  • Effects on property value
  • Trade competition or loss of business
  • Loss of view
  • Building Regulations matters such as structural safety and fire prevention and matters covered by other laws such as alcohol or gaming licences
  • The applicant’s personal conduct, history or motives