Commenting on Someone Else's Planning Application
You may receive a letter or see a site notice telling you that an application has been made. However, the Council cannot guarantee that you will be informed in either way about every proposal that may interest you and there are other ways of finding out, e.g.:
- Use our Planning Applications database
- Local newspapers.
- Word of mouth.
- Contacting the Development Control Service or calling at the Civic Centre to view the Planning Register.
It is always advisable to look at the plans to understand the proposal rather than rely on what you have read or what others might have said. Planning Application forms submitted and associated plans and attachments have been scanned (from 1st December 2005) and can be viewed from the appropriate pages in our Planning Applications database. From the same pages you can also submit your comments electronically. The time period for making your representations are shown in the details page of the Planning Applications database .
Planning Applications can also be inspected at the Civic Centre during opening hours, and the Council staff will be able to explain the plans if you have any difficulties.
If you wish to comment on a planning application, you need to do so within the deadlines given in the publicity notices. The period for representation is also indicated in our Planning Applications database, on the pages relating to current applications as the "Consultation period begins" and "Consultation period ends" dates. However comments received outside these deadlines but before a decision has been reached will be considered. Letters should be addressed to:The Head of Planning and Regulatory Services,Civic Centre,Chesterfield Road South,Mansfield,NottsNG19 7BH,
The best advice is to say what you think, as honestly and plainly as possible. However, you should be aware that your letter could be seen by other people, including the applicant, as all letters received are open to inspection by the public. You should be aware that part of the Government initiative for Planning Services on-line, is a requirement to provide on-line tracking. This means that your address will be displayed on the Council's Planning Web site as a formal consultee on this planning application.
By law, the Council can only take account of relevant comments. Examples of comments which are not planning matters include:
- Loss of views.
- Property values.
- Personal disputes with the applicant.
Many planning applications are decided by officers, but some are decided by elected Councillors at the Planning Committee. When applications are determined by Committee both the applicant and any objectors usually have the right to attend the Committee meeting (where the decision is made). Please visit our Public Speaking page for more information on this subject. To view minutes of previous Planning Committee meetings use the Planning Applications database
For further information from the Planning and Building Control Technical Support Team use the links under the Contact header.