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Have your say on planning applications

When a planning application has been made, the local planning authority will post notices near the site and/or write letters to residents closest to the development, inviting comments on the proposed development. The authority would also place newspaper adverts on large developments with significant impacts on the community. Further details on the proposed development including the architect’s drawings can be inspected at the planning authority’s office.

You are entitled to send comments (representations) on the proposed development to your local planning authority. Under the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 as amended, you are entitled to attend the committee meeting dealing with the planning application and in many cases would be permitted to briefly make your views known to the committee. As a member of the public, you will not be allowed to vote on the planning decision. Under planning law, only elected members of a local authority may vote on planning decisions. It is still useful to make your views known to your local authority as they may have some impact on the outcome of the application decision.

Video on how to object to planning proposals

You can see a short video about how to object to planning proposals on our YouTube channel.

Legislation

Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985

The Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006

The Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) (Wales) Order 2007

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