Objecting to a planning application/permission
Objecting to a planning application/permission

The following Planning guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Objecting to a planning application/permission
  • Pre-application—finding out about proposals
  • Examining the application once submitted for purposes of making a planning objection
  • Letter of objection to planning application
  • Planning Officer's report
  • Speaking at a planning committee meeting
  • After planning permission has been granted
  • Delaying strategies
  • Wales

Pre-application—finding out about proposals

Before a planning application is submitted, an objector can find out more about a proposal by making a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and/or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, SI 2004/3391. This may reveal discussions and correspondence which could be useful in preparing an objection. See: Freedom of information—overview and Environmental information regulation—overview.

Examining the application once submitted for purposes of making a planning objection

A planning application is 'validated' on the day that the local planning authority (LPA) records it on the planning register having checked that it applies with all requirements of a valid application. Objectors have 21 days from the date of validation to lodge an objection. In preparing the application, it may be helpful to:

  1. check the proposals against the development plan. The LPA must have regard to the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. See if there are any inconsistencies between the local policies, the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework and the proposed application

  2. contact other potential objectors and see whether they have any similar/new points of objection. It may be beneficial to combine points to form a stronger objection

  3. contact the Planning Officer at the LPA and discuss concerns. Building a good relationship with the LPA may help to get them on