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View or comment on planning applications

On Thursday 20 July there will be times during the day when it will not possible to see planning application documents. It will still be possible to comment on planning applications.

The City of London Corporation wants all the communities within the Square Mile to have a say in the planning decisions that shape its future and in deciding planning applications in the City.

Our procedures for consulting the public on planning applications are set out in Chapter 3 of the Statement of Community Involvement 2012 (SCI).

You can comment on an application either by supporting or objecting to it. You should view the application before sending us your comments by using the online facility or by contacting the planning team to arrange to view the plans at the Planning Enquiry Desk.

View or comment

All representations will be made available for public inspection and will be displayed on the website, together with your name and address. Your comments cannot be treated as confidential so you should not include any information that you would not want to be publically available.

Representations that do not include a name and address cannot be taken into account in the determination of an application. For the purposes of data protection we will not reveal the email address, telephone number or signature of private individuals.

How to comment on a planning application

We cannot receive your comments verbally either in person or by telephone.

If you need help with making a comment, contact the planning team.
Email: plans@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Tel: 020 7332 1710

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.

The easiest way to comment is to use the online facility. You can identify the application site on the map, track the progress of an application, save your searches and receive email notifications about tracked applications and new search results. There is no need to register to make a comment but by registering you will be able to use the features described.

If you don't have much information about the application you are interested, in use the first link below. If you know the application number or site address use either the second or third link.

View or comment on the weekly lists of planning applications

View or comment on current applications and view decisions by application number

View or comment on current applications and view decisions by address

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

You can ask us to remove your address but without it your comments will be anonymous and the Planning and Transportation Committee will not know your connection to the application and that may affect the weight the Members give to your comments.

Petitions

If you are submitting a petition, the petition form just set out details of the application clearly so that the signatories are certain what they are commenting on. The Planning Officer dealing with the application and the Planning and Transportation Committee must be confident that the petition is relevant and should be taken into account.

The petition form must include space for the signatory's name and address which must be completed. Telephone numbers and email addresses should not be included as they are not needed and we have to remove them before the petition is published.

If the comments are more extensive 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 should include a data protection statement stating that the signatories know that their comments will be published.

The petitions should be submitted by the person who has organized it with their name, address and the application number clearly set out. When it is published it will appear as a single document but all the signatories will be listed separately.

When can you comment on a planning application?

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

What happens to your comments?

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.

We can only take into account your comments if you provide your name and address but other information such as your telephone number, email address or signature are not needed. If you do include them we will delete them before your comments are published. Email addresses, telephone numbers and signatures on petitions will be removed.

Your comments cannot be treated as confidential so you should not include any information that you would not want to be publically available. They must not be defamatory. If remarks are defamatory they will be removed before the rest of your comments are published.

All comments form the background papers to the report and are available to the Planning and Transportation Committee before the application is determined. If there are fewer than five objections the application is considered by the City Planning Officer under powers delegated to him 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 available on the About the City page. It can be offered in an alternative format by telephoning . It can be offered 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, such as the impact on:

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 types of 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 City's Planning and Transportation Committee regarding planning applications considered at that meeting.

Our  guidance note on public speaking at committee (40KB) gives more information.

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 eg where a legal agreement is needed between the applicant and the City.

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.

Glossary of planning terms


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