Comment on a planning application

If you want to have your say on a planning application in North Somerset, you can make a formal comment.

How to make a comment

Before sending any comments to us you should read our privacy statement which explains how we protect your personal data.

If you want to make a formal comment, the first thing you need to do is search for the planning application you are interested in.

Read our guide to find out how to comment on an application.

When you make a comment, you can ask to receive an email to confirm that we’ve received your comment.

If you’ve got a lot to say, we advise that you write your comment in another application, such as Word, and paste it into our system. This will prevent you from losing your comment if our system times out.

Your comment will be used when we make our decision as long as it is received before the consultation closing date. To find the date, search for the application and click on the details button. Then click on the important dates button. The closing date will be labelled as the ‘Expiry date’.

Late comments

We will try to take late comments into account when making our decision as long as they are received more than two working days before the decision is made.

What we consider

We will only consider comments that relate to planning issues such as:

  • the effect on a neighbour’s daylight, sunlight or privacy
  • the impact on traffic, road access, parking and servicing
  • the appearance, bulk or height of the proposed development
  • impact such as noise generated by the proposal
  • the potential loss of a valued local service or use such as a shop or a residential flat

We will not consider non-planning issues such as:

  • the effect on property values
  • competition between rival businesses
  • party wall disputes and fire escape matters
  • moral and religious issues

We do not consider comments that are racist, sexist, homophobic, defamatory or offensive. If you see find an offensive comment you can report it to us using our online form.

use our online form to report an offensive comment

What happens next?

Your comment will appear online immediately.

If you send your comment to us by post it can take up to two weeks to appear online.

We don’t respond to individual comments.

When applications are due to be discussed at our planning committee, we will update the online planning application to let you know. You can ask to speak at the meeting.

We will update the online planning application when a decision has been made.

Please note there is no legal obligation for comments about planning applications to be displayed on our website. We reserve the right to decide what to display on our website and when. Comments sent to us will be considered even when they have not been published on the website.

If you decide to comment by post it will take much longer to be delivered, processed and appear on our website. Comments sent by any other method without prior agreement, including by email, will not be considered.