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Consultation and Notification

For most planning applications a yellow site notice will be put up. The planning officer will put this up near to the entrance to the site. The yellow site notice will give details of the planning application. It will tell you what to do if you have anything to say about the application.

We also advertise certain types of application in the local paper. This can include applications that affect listed buildings, protected trees and conservation areas.

You can write in support of the application or you can also object to it. Comments must be made in writing. However we will also accept emailed comments. We cannot accept comments about applications over the phone.  It is not possible to respond individually to comments.

How we are going to consult with people is set out in our adopted Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). This can be found in the planning policy section of our website.

Telling the neighbours

The planning officer will also notify every neighbour that shares a boundary with the site. These neighbours will receive a letter from the planning department. The letter will explain the details of the application.

You have 21 days from the date the site notice was displayed to write in about an application. Neighbours also have 21 days from the date on the letter they get.

Alternatively you can enter your comments online by going to the Planning Applications page.

The Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 requires that any written correspondence must be made available for public inspection. It is not therefore possible to treat your comments in confidence and any correspondence, including names and addresses, will be open to both press and public and will be available on the Council's website.  In the event of an appeal relating to an application, your comments may also appear on the Planning Portal website.

Amended plans

If we receive amended plans or information, we may need to re-consult people. This may involve notifying all of the neighbours again. For amended information we sometimes give a reduced time e.g. 14days to make any further comments they want.

To be proactive to reach solutions on applications where the principle of development is acceptable the Council will give 4 weeks only to seek amended details following consultation responses.
If the details are not received in that period the application will be progressed to determination.

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