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Chapter 3 of the Statement of Community Involvement 2012 (SCI) sets out the City of London Corporation procedures for consulting the public on planning applications. You can comment on an application either by supporting or objecting to it.

Comment on a planning application

Online

The easiest way to comment is online. You view the application you are interested in by:

Search for the application, open it and then choose the Comments tab. Your comments will be published.

Find out about a planning decision and tracking progress

By viewing for an application online, you can track the application’s progress, save your searches and receive email notifications about tracked applications and new search results. There is no need to register to leave a comment but by registering you will be able to use the features described.

You can use the same link to find out about planning decision.

Email

You can email your comments to the Planning Team.

In writing

You can write to the Department of the Built Environment
City of London
PO Box 27
Guildhall
London
EC2P 2EJ

If you write or email, add the planning application reference at the top and state whether you are supporting or objecting to it. You must include your name and address.

We cannot accept comments verbally, either in person or by telephone.

Need Help?

If you need help with making a comment, contact the Planning Team or call 020 7332 1710.

Please note

  1. All comments must be available for public inspection (Local Government Access to Information Act 1985). They are published on the website and are available for inspection, on request, at the Built Environment Enquiry Desk.
  2. Comments that do not include a name and address cannot be taken into account by a planning officer when considering an application nor can the comments be reported. For the purposes of data protection, we do not reveal the email address, telephone number or signature of private individuals. See the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 privacy notice.
  3. You can ask us to remove your name and address from the planning report but your comments will be anonymous and the Planning and Transportation Committee and that may affect the weight the Members give them.
  4. Comments are not confidential so you should not include information that you do not want to be publicly available. If remarks are defamatory they will be removed before the rest of your comments are published.

Petitions

The petition form should set out details of the application so that the signatories are certain what they are commenting on. The Planning Officer and the Planning and Transportation Committee must be confident that the petition is relevant and should be taken into account.

If the petition needs more than either a tick or a cross the petition form should state that the comments should not include information about a third party and must not be defamatory.

The petition form must include space for the signatory's name and address which must be completed. Telephone numbers and email addresses are not needed and if included have to be removed before the petition can be published.

The petition should include a data protection statement stating that the signatories know that their comments will be published.

The person organising the petition should submit it with the application number and his/her name and address. It is published as a single document with the signatories listed.

When can you comment on a planning application?

The comment deadline is 21 days from the date that the Public Notice is put up on the site or the application is made public, although we endeavour to take into account any comment that is submitted before a decision is made on the application.​

What happens to your comments?

The comments are part of the background papers to the application report and are available to the Planning and Transportation Committee before the application is determined.

If the application has fewer than five objections the application is considered by the Chief Planning Officer under powers delegated to her by the Committee. Over 90% of planning applications are determined this way.

The Committee report is published five clear days before the Committee date and is available on the About the City page together with any presentation that will be used by the Planning Officer to illustrate the application at the Committee. It is available in an alternative format by telephoning 020 76060 3030 and asking for the Planning and Transportation Committee Clerk.

Which comments can be taken into account?

The only comments that can be taken into account relate to planning:

Policy and use

  • Planning policies and Government planning advice
  • Community facilities or public infrastructure

Amenity

  • Overlooking
  • Loss of daylight or sunlight
  • Overshadowing
  • Noise and disturbance
  • Light pollution
  • Hours of use

Character and appearance

  • Design
  • Appearance
  • Materials to be used
  • Layout, density, design of the external appearance
  • Impact on the historic environment, listed buildings or conservation areas

Highway safety

  • Traffic implications and means of access
  • Poor visibility
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Parking

Which comments cannot be taken into account?

The following concerns cannot be taken into account as they are non-planning matters:

  • The effect on property values
  • Loss of private views
  • Private rights of way and other private easements and legal covenants
  • Disputes over land ownership and boundaries
  • Commercial competition
  • Building regulation issues (e.g. structural stability, drainage, fire precautions, hygiene and internal space)
  • Moral or religious objections

Public speaking at committee

Members of the public may speak at the at the City's Planning and Transportation Committee regarding planning applications considered at that meeting.

Visit speaking at committee for the rules.

After the planning permission is granted

​We notify everyone who commented on the application of the decision but in some circumstances this may not be for several months e.g. where a legal agreement is needed between the applicant and the City Corporation.

Objectors have no right of appeal if they disagree with the decision. In limited circumstances a decision can be challenged on the grounds that the City acted beyond its legal powers in coming to the decision.


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