Comment on a Planning Application - General Notes

You can also view instructions on how to comment on a planning application.

What should I comment on?

It is helpful if you can give some reasons explaining why you support or object to the proposed development. The reasons can include the following:

  • The layout, scale, design and external appearance of a building or extension
  • The impact the development may have on the surrounding area
  • Parking, loading and turning facilities and the effect on traffic, road access, visibility and road safety
  • The effect on sunlight, daylight and visual amenity but not the loss of a private view
  • Impact on or loss of trees and hedgerows, landscaping
  • Effect on listed buildings and conservation areas
  • Disabled persons' access
  • How the development complies with current national and local planning policies, including the adopted Development Plan and Local Development Framework
  • Planning guidance, such as Space About Dwellings or Extensions to Dwellings
  • Planning history, including any relevant planning appeal decisions

These are called material considerations.  Although the council looks at all comments made, it is only material considerations that can affect the decision.

We can’t take the following kinds of comment into account:

  • Rights to light or private views
  • Perceived loss of property value
  • Damage to property
  • Private disputes between neighbours
  • Matters dealt with under Building Regulations or other legislation

Having your say

Your options are:

  • Support the application
  • Support the application but ask for some details to be reconsidered or changed
  • Take no action
  • Object to the application but suggest amendments or planning conditions that could address your objection
  • Ask that permission is refused because the effects of the development can’t be dealt with by amendments or conditions

Please include any local knowledge that could be useful to the case officer working on the application.

What happens next?

Officers decide most planning applications. A summary of comments made on an application is included in their report. Reports and subsequent decisions can be viewed on Public Access.

Some applications are decided by the Planning Committee. If you have made comments on an application going to committee, you can ask to speak at the meeting (pdf 49kb).

If there are changes made to an application at any stage leading up to the decision, these changes will be shown on Public Access.

Re-consultation

Under some circumstances, for example a significant change to a proposal, you may be given the opportunity to comment again.

Contact
Tel: 01785 619337
Email: planning@staffordbc.gov.uk
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