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You can comment on/object to any current planning application marked 'pending'. Please be aware that any comments supplied to us will be available, along with your name, for public inspection.
You can comment on a planning application via the following ways:
Online - visit planning application search, search for the application, then select 'make a comment on this application' at the top of the page.
Post - write to us at the address at the bottom of this page.
Comments submitted by either of these methods must include the following:
Anyone can make a comment. You do not need to live near the application site or have received a letter from us to comment.
We publicise planning applications by writing to close neighbours of the site. You can use our planning application search at any time. We also publish a weekly list of planning applications which you can view on the weekly lists page. Some applications are advertised in the local press and/or by a site notice displayed on or near the application site.
A period of 21 days is stated on any site notice, press notice and neighbour notification letter. At the end of this statutory period a decision may be made on an application. Because of this we cannot guarantee to take into consideration comments received after that date. We will, however, take into account comments received up to the date a decision is made.
You can inspect planning applications including application forms, drawings and other relevant information through our planning application search.
A decision is made by considering a number of different matters called material considerations. The most important will be what policies of the development plan for the area may say about the proposal. The Development Plan documents includes the Regional Spatial Strategy and the saved policies of the Preston Local Plan. Government Policy, advice notes, and other planning considerations will also be taken into account.
The government makes it very clear that there are some things that are not planning considerations. These cannot be taken into account and include:
Local opposition in itself is not a reason for refusing planning permission. Opposition should be based on valid planning reasons, which can be supported by evidence. These will be considered alongside other planning matters such as planning policies, government guidance and advice, and the views of a wide variety of bodies and authorities, which we are obliged to consult. Weight of local opposition to a scheme does not necessarily mean that an application should be refused. Similarly, local support for a scheme does not mean that planning permission should be granted.
We are unable to acknowledge the receipt of comments, nor can we enter into correspondence with you on any points raised. Planning applications may be determined either by senior officers or by the Planning Committee. Your comments will be taken into account whichever method is used.
Any written representations received will be taken into account when the application is determined. They will also be made available for public inspection and this includes the applicant. In the event of an appeal any comments you make will be copied to the Planning Inspectorate, who may publish your comments on the internet. Please ensure you only provide information that you are happy to have made available to others.
Any comments made on a planning application are available for public inspection.
If the comment is made through one of our consultees such as English Heritage or County Highways the comments can be viewed through our planning application search.
If the comment has been made by a neighbour or other interested party you can ask us to email or post the comments to you by contacting us on the contact details below.
Planning Aid England (PAE) offers free, independent planning advice and assistance for individuals and community groups. They believe everyone should have the opportunity to get involved planning their local area, and provide people with the knowledge and tools to do this.
For further information on the services they offer visit the Planning Aid England website.
If you have any questions about commenting on a planning application in Preston you can always get in touch using the contact details below.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.