Viewing and commenting on an application
View planning applications and comment online
Please note: Due to essential maintenance works, including upgrade to current IT system, our planning application website (see above) will be unavailable on the following days – 10 February 2016 and 18, 19 and 20 February 2016. You will be unable to view applications or submit comments during these times. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
You may have been notified about an application in your area or have seen a site notice or advert in the press about an application and want to make comments. Equally you may have heard by word of mouth. Anyone can make comments about any application. You do not have to be notified directly.
You need to make your comments to us in writing, either by letter or email via our planning application website within 21 days of the date of the notification letter, site notice or press advertisement. After this time you can still submit the comment if it is yet to be decided but the council can make its decision at any time after the 21 day notification period has expired.
You are strongly advised to check our website to see if the application has been decided.
We will not acknowledge comments you are submitting comments through our website. We will acknowledge any that have been received by post or email.
You may be able to view details of planning applications currently being considered at your local town/parish council by appointment. Please check beforehand with your town / parish council to ensure you are able to do this.
Planning matters that can be taken into account
The main thing to remember when making comments on an application is that we can only take “planning matters” into account when making a decision on an application. This is set down in current legislation and applies to the determination of planning applications across the country, not just in Newark and Sherwood.
Planning matters normally relate to issues outlined in current planning policies contained in government advice and the Development Plan for the area. Other examples of planning matters include:
- Loss of privacy
- Overbearing impact
- Road safety
- Effect on the character of the area
- Effect on the trees or the landscape
Other matters which you are entitled to raise but which are not planning matters cannot be taken into account when determining an application. Examples of non-planning matters include:
- Loss of value of property
- Personal dislike of the applicant
- That a lot of people have objected
- That the work was started without planning permission
- Land ownership, boundary disputes or matters referring to legal covenants
- Loss of private view
- Matters covered by other legislation (such as licences or building regulations)
Publication of your comments
Please be aware that all information you send to us is public information. Your comments will be available for public inspection on both the paper and electronic file held by us. We will not display anything which is personally identifiable including your name, address, telephone number or email address to the public..
If you are providing us with information about someone else, please make sure you have their permission before sending it to us.