Find out how you can comment on an application and what to include below.
How you can comment
- Click here to use our public access system to comment on applications.
- Click ‘comment on this application’. This will only appear if the application is open for comments.
- If you are submitting comments via the online form, please be advised the screen will time-out after a period. If your comments will take some time to complete, it is advisable to draft them out in another application first, before copying and pasting them into the online form.
- Larger documents can be posted to Central Registry Team, Development Management, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF
Please quote the planning reference number in all correspondence and provide your name and full postal address so we can register your comments.
comments will not be acknowledged but will be made publicly available. Anonymous comments will not be taken into account.
There are normally periods of 21 days to comment after you have been notified of the application, or after a site/press notice has been issued.
What to include in your comment
The council can only take land use planning issues into account when it makes a decision on an application. These are known as ‘material considerations’ and will vary depending on the proposal and site circumstances, but may include:
- The council's planning policies
- Central government planning guidance
- The size, appearance, layout and density of the proposed development
- Daylight, sunlight and overshadowing
- Overlooking or loss of privacy
- Means of access, parking, servicing, traffic generation, highway safety
- Impact on landscape and ecological habitats
- Effect on listed buildings, conservation areas and archaeology
- Noise and disturbance
- Air quality and odours
- Flood risk
- Renewable energy, sustainability of proposed development
- Crime prevention and community safety
The following are matters which the council cannot take into account:
- Private property matters such as boundary and access disputes, rights to light, restrictive covenants, capacity of private drains, damage to property during construction
- Effects on property value
- Trade competition
- Loss of view
- Building Regulations matters such as structural safety and fire prevention and matters covered by other laws such as alcohol or gaming licences
- The applicant's personal conduct, history or motives
Changes can be made to a planning application during its assessment. If material changes which alter or affect the proposals are made to the application during the process, a period of 14 days is usually given to residents and consultees to provide any further comments on the changes. Minor changes which do not change or alter the development or its impacts will not normally result in additional consultation.
Publishing personal details - what you need to know
All comments we receive about planning applications will be published online as part of the application process, this means:
- You must provide your name and address if you would like your comment considered
- Your name and address will be displayed along with your comment (which we publish without change)
- We will remove phone numbers, email addresses and signatures before publication
- Defamatory information will not be taken into consideration or published
If you have objected to an application and it goes to an appeal, any comments/representations you have made will be passed on to the planning inspector appointed by the secretary of state as part of the appeal process. The planning inspectorate may also make submitted information available online.
To search for a planning appeal click here.
The decision of the application
Find out about the decision
A copy of the planning officer’s report and council’s decision notice is made available on the Public Access system once a decision has been made and issued to the applicants.