Commenting on planning applications

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Commenting on planning applications

If you wish to comment on a planning application you can do so using the planning website, by emailing planning@rother.gov.uk or writing to:

Strategy and Planning
Town Hall
Bexhill on Sea
TN39 3JX

When making your comments you should specify your reasons. Letters, online comments and emails are not acknowledged but will be added to the application's file which can be viewed on the planning website.

Comments will only be accepted for planning (and other related) applications that are specifically the subject of statutory publicity.

(Matters that are NOT subject to publicity include: minor amendments to existing permissions; applications to discharge conditions; notifications from Statutory Undertakers; Householder Prior Notification applications; applications for works to trees in Conservation Areas, applications for the display of advertisements and determinations of lawfulness relating to a proposed use or development.)

Guidance for submitting comments - individually or by petition

Separate guidance in relation to submitting a petition in support or opposing a planning application is set out in more detail at the Planning application petitions and speaking at Planning Committee page. The submission of a petition allows access to public speaking at the Planning Committee, but only if the application is to be determined by Committee.

Any representations received, petitions or individual representations will become public documents and will also be published on the internet.  Signatures, email addresses and telephone numbers will be redacted but requests for confidentiality cannot be accepted.

The Council reserves the right to reject any representation which in its opinion contains comments that are deemed to be potentially libellous, defamatory, threatening, abusive or likely to incite racial hatred.

The dates of Planning Committee meetings can be viewed on the Planning Committee page and copies of the planning agenda are available 5 working days before the meeting takes place.

Planning Matters taken into account

Any objection, comment or support in relation to an application should only raise material planning matters relevant to the application. The Council cannot deal with non-planning issues. For guidance in relation to material planning considerations and matters that are not planning matters please see the leaflet on Material Planning Considerations and Planning Portal.

Representations and the points raised will be considered by the planning officer in their assessment of the application. However, the Council cannot enter into correspondence with objectors or supports of an application.

Independent advice

Planning Aid provides independent planning advice, you can call them on 0870 850 9806.

They give some advice to all callers and if you meet their eligibility criteria you may be given extra help by one of their professional planning staff or volunteers.

Deadlines

There may be several different dates provided in different documents and online for the last date by which comments must be submitted. This is because the documents may be produced or publicised on different days. In most cases the period for publicity is 21 days for comments to be submitted, and normally 14 days for amendments from the latest date shown in the publicity.

The earlier you can submit comments the better as it gives us more time to take them into account when we are dealing with the application.

Petitions cannot be accepted outside the relevant 21 or 14 day period, but if an application is a matter being reported to the Planning Committee, the Council's procedures currently allow individual representations to be accepted up until 9am on the Monday before the meeting, at the latest.

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