Comment on a planning application

How do I comment on planning applications?

 You can comment, support or object to an application for planning permission via:

When submitting comments on Planning Applications Online for security reasons, the system will log you out if you have not submitted your comments within 30 minutes. Comments will be saved and be available when you log back into the system. 

All comments submitted by you must contain your name and address. All representations on any planning application are a matter of public record and will be scanned and placed on our website for inspection by the public. Anonymous representations will not be taken into account therefore, if you advise the local authority that you wish to withhold your name and address your comment will be treated as anonymous.

Unless there is a genuine public interest to do so the council will not publish:

  • your signature
  • your email address
  • your telephone number

When a decision has been made, you can view a copy of the decision notice on Planning Applications Online 

How will you know if a planning application has been submitted?

Ways that you might find out if a planning application has been submitted:

  • neighbour notification - the council may send a neighbour notification to adjoining neighbours of a planning application site
  • local press - following submission of certain applications, an advert maybe placed in the Local Press
  • site notice - following submission of certain applications, a site notice may be displayed near the application site
  • planning applications online -  planning applications are available to view on the council's website - Planning Applications Online

Time period for making a representation

It is important to be aware that there are time limits within which to summit your comments. All important dates are available to view on Planning Applications Online against the relevant planning application.

What details should you include in your representation?

When making a representation either to support, make comment or object to a planning application it is important to clearly identify the planning application you are referring to. It is really important that you include the application number and the site address to enable us to locate the application. 

The following matters are considered material planning considerations and may be relevant:

  • written representations from members of the public
  • views of statutory and other consultees
  • government policy and guidance
  • local policy and guidance
  • planning site history
  • impact on amenity
  • impact on access, parking or road safety
  • design
  • compatibility with other uses in the area
  • affect on a listed building or conservation area
  • affect on a tree preservation order

Other matters which are not normally material planning considerations will not be taken into account:

  • devaluation of property
  • loss of a view
  • hours of construction
  • commercial/business competition
  • civil matters
  • perceived health and safety risks

Note - these lists are not exhaustive

Important information about making comments:

  • objections or supporting comments on applications must be rational, impersonal and directed principally to the planning issues raised by the proposal
  • unfortunately we are unable to send an acknowledgement letter when comments are received, but you can confirm that we have received your comments by checking Planning Applications Online, where a decision notice will also be published once the application has been determined
  • comments of a personal, slanderous, libellous, defamatory, or otherwise offensive or abusive nature will not be tolerated and we reserve the right to remove any inappropriate comments
  • comments or representations published have not been checked for accuracy and are the views only of the author or authors

More information

Privacy Notice

The Council is committed to meeting its data protection obligations and handling your information securely. You should make sure you read and understand the Planning Services privacy notice, which sets out what you need to know about how Doncaster Council will use your information in the course of our work as a Local Planning Authority.

Last updated: 22 January 2024 14:15:27

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