Comment on or view a planning application

Make your comment

You have 21 days to comment on a planning application. You can check the closing date for comments on the full application within our online planning database.

Comment on an planning application

The best way to ensure your comments are taken into account is to use our online system and comment within the 21 days.

If we can, we will take into account any comments we receive after the closing date. But we cannot guarantee that the application will not have already been decided.

To make your comment online:

  • Register an account on our planning portal

  • Search for the application within our planning database

  • Open the planning application you wish to comment on

  • Under 'Comments' check to see if comments are still being accepted

  • If the closing date for comments has not passed you will be able to 'Make a Comment'

  • Your name and address will be included with your comment

  • Your comment is not anonymous - it will be on the planning application file which is available to the public and copies can be taken

Unfortunately, we cannot reply to individual issues or questions raised in your comments as we receive such a high number.

If you cannot comment online you can write to us. Please address your letter to the Development Management Team and include your name and address.

Please be advised of the following

Due to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Data Protection comments on planning applications form part of the background documents for planning applications, including the name of the person making the comment and their address.

All comments submitted on planning applications will be available for public viewing if requested. You may, therefore, wish to take the following steps to protect your personal information

  • Do not include signatures on letters

  • Do not include any telephone numbers on letters, or complete the field on the comments form

  • When submitting comments via email, send your comments as an attachment so that we do not have to publish your email address.

If you do not include your name and address, your comment will be regarded as anonymous. Anonymous comments can not be taken into account as a material consideration when assessing an application.

Will my comment make a difference?

Your comment will make a difference. We take into account all comments from local residents and businesses as long as they refer to material planning considerations.

But when we receive objections to a planning application, it does not mean that the application will automatically be refused.

Our decision will be made by assessing the planning issues and considering them against the relevant policies in our Local Development Framework (LDF). The LDF includes our Core Strategy, the Mayor of London’s Plan and accompanying adopted guidance. We also take into account national legislation and guidance.

Last Modified: 30/10/2020 11:06:02