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Comment on a Planning Application

You can comment on any current planning application. Current applications can be viewed in the weekly lists of planning applications received or by using the planning application search.

How to comment on a planning application 

You can submit your comment on a planning application in the following ways:

Online 

Submit your planning application comments online using the Planning Application Comments Form.

By email or post

You can email your comments to planning@ribblevalley.gov.uk or write to us at the address at the following address:

Planning Department
Council Offices
Church Walk
Clitheroe
Lancashire
BB7 2RA

Your comment

 Comments must include:

  • your name and postal address
  • application number
  • site address of the planning application you are commenting on
  • the date

Comments made on planning applications can be read by the applicant and will form part of a public record in future - anyone can see your comments at any time. Please ensure you only provide information that you are happy to have available to others.

All comments must be received within 21 days from the date on the notification letters that we send.

In some instances if the application has not yet been determined it may possible to comment after 21 days.

If an application is taken to Planning and Development Committee we can only accept comments up to the day before the meeting. Comments received after this may not reach the planning officers in time for them to make the councillors aware of your views.

To make sure that we take your comments in to consideration please do not leave it until the last moment to forward them to us.  Once an application has been determined your observations cannot form part of our determination process. 

Even if you have commented on a previous application on the same site we must receive your opinions again for the current application if you wish them to be considered.

What happens when I comment on an application?

We are unable to acknowledge that we have received your comment or enter in to discussion with you about your comment. All comments received will be taken into account when the application is determined.

In the event of an appeal any comments made will be copied to the Planning Inspectorate, who may publish your comments online.

Comments which are taken in to account 

All of your comments will be noted but it is better if you confine yourself to commenting on a number of different matters called material considerations. These include:

 

  • Scale, appearance and design
  • impact on the local residents including loss of light, noise or privacy
  •  impact on the character of an area
  • effect on highway safety and parking
  • effect on nature conservation and trees
  • effect on a conservation area
  • effect on a listed building

 

The government makes it very clear that there are some things that are not material planning considerations. These cannot be taken in to account:

 

  • loss of property value
  • boundary disputes
  • private matters between neighbours such as rights of access and damage to property
  • trade competition 

Who can comment?

Anyone can make a comment. You do not need to live near the application site or have received a letter from us to make a comment.

Who is notified? 

When a new application is submitted we notify the local parish council and certain third party organisations such as Historic England, Lancashire County Council or the Environment Agency. 

We also notify the neighbours that we feel may be directly affected by the development. The neighbours we choose to notify depends upon the size and type of the development.

Viewing comments on a planning application

Any comments made on a planning application are available for public inspection (including the applicant). 

All planning files, including files going back to 1948 are available to view at the Planning Department, Level D, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe, BB7 2RA.

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