Commenting on a planning application

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

How to submit 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.

Comments on planning applications become part of the application, which will be published online or read out at Planning Applications Committee, so you should only comment on what you are happy for anyone to read.

Objections or supporting comments on applications must be impersonal and should concentrate on the planning issues relevant to the proposal. The Council reserves the right to remove comments that it thinks might be libellous or abusive.

To avoid problems we recommend that you:

  • do not mention other people - concentrate on the proposal instead
  • do not suggest that anything another person has said is untrue

We will remove or obscure personal data such as your signature, telephone number or email address but your name and postal address will be visible.

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

Comments can be in support of, objecting to, or a representation for 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.

We can only take into account material considerations for the purpose of determining a planning application. This will always be a matter of judgement but some things are never relevant such as;

  • the morals or motives of the applicant or any others;
  • impact on property values;
  • issues relating to ownership, boundaries, fence lines and party walls;
  • property maintenance;
  • loss of private views;
  • commercial competition;
  • conflict with other laws such as Licensing or Health and Safety

Some of these, such as ownership disputes or licensing laws, might prevent the applicant from carrying out the development but they are not planning issues.

Please note that the fastest way to have your comments processed and published is to use the Public Access system. Using this you should normally see your comments posted within the next day. Any comments received via email or post will normally require up to five working days to be processed and published.

Once an application is decided your comments will no longer be published on Public Access.

How to keep up to date

If the application is amended we may notify neighbours and allow time for further comments.

By registering on Public Access you can follow or 'Track' any application and this will also show any decision made.

If you have submitted comments on an application we will tell you what the decision was.