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View and comment on planning applications, including registering on the Public Access website, knowing what information will be published, common reasons for objecting and how to submit a complaint.
There is a planned reduction in service commencing Monday, 9 October 2023 to deal with backlog applications. Read more about this change in service and how it may affect communication.
View and comment on a planning application
You can view or comment on planning applications by using our Public Access website. You can also sign up to receive notifications of new applications:
You must register on Public Access in order to comment on planning applications.
If you submit your comment in writing, you must include the application reference and address your letter to:
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Planning and Development Management
Alternative ways to view historic planning applications
You can view historic planning applications at Beverley Customer Service Centre by prior appointment, free of charge. You will need to know the planning application reference number(s) and request the file by sending an e-mail to: Email: email@example.com.
If you don't know the planning application reference number, you can request a planning history search of a property or site.
Who can comment on a planning application
We recognise that neighbours who live nearby to the site of a proposed application may wish to express their views in order to make us more aware of local conditions and issues that may be relevant.
As long as the planning application is still open for consultation, anyone can comment. You can check the status of the planning application on the Public Access website and details of the expiry of consultation can be found on the site notice erected at the site address.
Types of comments which are considered
Whilst all comments on an application are reviewed, only matters relevant to the application are normally taken into account, these are known as 'material planning considerations'.
Material Planning Considerations
Examples of planning considerations which may be considered include:
Examples of other material-planning factors that may be taken into account as material considerations in the decision making process include the following:
Other examples of non-material planning factors that cannot normally be considered
Examples of planning considerations that cannot normally be considered include:
Other examples of non-material planning factors that cannot normally be considered as material planning considerations are:
After comments are submitted
All public comments we receive on an application will be read and processed prior to being published on the Public Access website. We will not publish or take into account any comments that have been submitted anonymously, or if we consider them to be libellous, discriminatory or otherwise offensive.
Decisions on most planning applications are dealt with using our 'delegated powers procedure', which means your comments will be considered by the assigned planning officer rather than a planning committee. For most applications, this means the decision to approve or refuse will take about 8 weeks, although large or complex applications may take longer.
Everyone who comments on an application will be informed of the decision and any report made by either a planning officer or committee. All of these documents will be published on the Public Access website. If you have registered on Public Access and you have selected to track an application, you will be informed of the outcome even if you haven't commented on it.
Please note: that only the applicant may appeal the decision that the council has taken.
Referrals to a planning committee
All comments made will be included on the report submitted by the planning officer. Those who have commented will be notified that the application has been referred to a planning committee, and given chance to state their opinion before a decision is made.
What information is published
Comments will be published on the Public Access website and will be open for viewing by members of the public. We will publish your name, address and comment only. Your e-mail address and telephone number will automatically be excluded from publishing if you submit your comment via Public Access. If you submit comments by any other means, redaction will be applied (blanking out or obscuring from public view) to e-mail addresses, telephone numbers and signatures.
It is important that you do not include your personal details in the actual body of your comment.
The council will not post comments submitted anonymously or those which it considers to contain libellous, discriminatory, defamatory or otherwise offensive remarks. The council has an absolute discretion in this matter, and reserves the right not to post comments in the event that by reason of the volume of comments submitted, it is not possible to check submissions for inappropriate content. The council dissociates itself from any comments made of a libellous, discriminatory, defamatory or otherwise offensive nature.
We have a procedure to lodge a complaint about any alleged defamatory material either on our website or the Public Access website.