How can I make comments regarding a current planning application?


How can I make comments regarding a current planning application?

Any comments, including objections, must be made in writing to the Planning department.

They should be sent electronically via the Council's Planning web pages, within the consultation period.

These can also be sent by post to;

Head of Planning
Rother District Council
Town Hall
East Sussex
TN39 3JX

In the interests of economy, planning consultation responses sent in by post will only be acknowledged if a stamped addressed envelope is enclosed.

The Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 states that letters submitted regarding a planning application cannot be confidential and must be made available to view by the public and Councillors.

All comments will be considered before a decision is reached on an application. However, because of the number of letters we receive, it is not possible to reply to points made in the comments.

How comments affect applications

In both delegated and Committee reports, reference is made to comments received and their relevance to the application or otherwise is explained. In this regard there is often some confusion about what the Local Planning Authority takes into account when it considers comments on development proposal. It is important to realise that the Local Planning Authority cannot reject a proposal simply because there is considerable public opposition.

During the planning process when planning applications are being formulated or considered, members of the public may wish to express their views to District Councillors. In such circumstances Councillors will be able to listen to comments and bear them in mind. However, Councillors will not be able to give advice or express their own views. It is important that Councillors take decisions when matters are under discussion formally and that decisions are made by full consideration of relevant issues. District Councillors are therefore not able to commit themselves to a view prior to the decision making meeting.

Public inspection

All comments received in relation to planning applications are scanned and posted on the Planning website. Applications can be inspected 24/7 on the Planning website.

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