Have your say on a planning
If you live next to the site of a
planning application, we will write to you directly. You will
normally have at least 21 days to make your comments. If we do
not contact you directly, you are still welcome to comment.
How you can get further information
If you have the application
number, please go to the Planning Document Viewer to view the
If you do not have the application number, you can use
search for applications by address.
To find out more about the planning
process in general, please see our 'Planning Basics' page, visit
the Planning Portal or
How you can comment on an application
If you wish to comment on an application,
please use PublicAccess.
Who can see your comments
Planning files are public
documents, which means that everything on
the file is available for anyone to look at or
copy, including your comments. If you want us to
keep your comments confidential, please let us know when you make
What you can comment about
When we make a decision, we can only take
account of 'material considerations'. These
include, but are not limited to:
- privacy and overlooking;
- trees; and
We cannot take account of factors like:
- devaluation of neighbouring properties;
- loss of views;
- commercial competition;
- the motives or behaviour of the applicant(s); or
- boundary disputes.
We know that many of the things on the second list can be
extremely frustrating. However, they aren't things we can help
with, and they won't change our decision.
How your comments affect our decision
We have introduced public speaking on planning
applications decided by the Planning Committee. For
eligible applications, we will contact you at least six working
days before the meeting to give you the opportunity to speak at it
and tell you more about the procedure. Even if you do not
wish to speak, the councillors will still be able to read a summary
of your comments in the officer’s report (Public speaking at Planning
Committees - A protocol) (Public
Speaking at Planning Committee)
Please note that all documents on planning
files are available for public inspection and copying, including
any comments you might have made.
How you can track the progress of an
You can check the progress of any application
on our website (www.sstaffs.gov.uk/publicaccess).
The website provides the name of the planning
officer dealing with the application, contact details for the
relevant district councillors, and important dates in the
application process. You can see the method we will use to
determine the application and any comments from consultees
including neighbour comments. Once we make it, you will also find
our decision in this section of our website.
External Link: Planning Portal
Fax: (01902) 696403