Commenting on a planning application

All comments (including objections) received will be taken into account when considering an application.

How to submit your comments

There are several ways of submitting your comments:

  • Online via the Public Access portal
  • by email: [email protected]
  • by writing to us: Planning Enquiries, Development Management, Town Hall, Darlington, DL1 5QT
  • Delivering them by hand to the Customer Service Centre at the Town Hall, Darlington.

Please note that it is essential to identify the application by including its reference number and site address.

If you wish to comment on more than one application, please use a separate letter or email for each.

Time Limits

We leave a minimum of 21 days before determining an application to allow time for comments to be submitted. See Publicity and Consultations.

Important Points to Note

The comments we receive cannot be confidential.

Some may be read out at Planning Applications Committee. Responses associated with a particular current planning application and letters of objection/support become part of the application, which will be published online.

We do not send out acknowledgements in response to letters received.

The nature of your comments must be relevant both to planning and to the application in question.

Types of Issues to Raise

Only material planning considerations can be taken into account for the purpose of determining a planning application. Examples include:

  • the relationship to local, regional and national planning policies;
  • traffic impact and highway safety;
  • privacy, visual impact, overshadowing and overlooking;
  • noise and disturbance;
  • impact on the character on the surrounding area;
  • effects on trees and on the natural environment;
  • concern about crime;
  • poor design.

Comments can be in favour of, or in objection to, the proposal or any part of it. Remember that it is often possible for a proposal to be modified to take into account your concerns. Therefore it may be helpful to make any suggestions that would overcome your concerns.

Types of Issues not to Raise

Non-planning issues should not be raised. Examples include:

  • personal morals or views about the applicant;
  • possible effects on property values;
  • issues relating to ownership, land encroachment, boundaries, fence lines and party walls;
  • restrictive covenants;
  • property maintenance;
  • loss of private views;
  • business competition;
  • conflict with other laws.

Such matters cannot be taken into account when considering a planning application. If you raise them they will be disregarded.

It is not normally appropriate to suggest alternative uses for the site or alternative sites for the scheme.