View or comment on planning applications

Please take into consideration the following points when you make a comment supporting or objecting to an application.

Your comments will appear online in due course. Your name and address will be published but, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, telephone numbers and email addresses will be removed.

Please ensure that you do not include personal details in your comment text such as email addresses or telephone numbers.

Please make sure that your comments are relevant and not defamatory or offensive, because you remain personally and legally responsible for them.

We reserve the right to remove from this website the entirety of any comment which contains any words which are or may be defamatory or offensive.

Comments must be no more than 2,000 characters. Please note that the system will time out after 30 minutes of inactivity and you will lose your typed text. We suggest using Notepad (or similar) if you will be typing a lengthy response, then paste the text unformatted into the comment box when ready.

To find out how we use your information for Development Management (Planning), please view our privacy notice

View, comment and track progress of planning applications in your area:


Please note: If you are coming to the council offices to view an application and it is not available online, we will need 48 hours' notice to collate any files or microfiche.

Making valid comments

Keep comments focused on the merits or concerns about the development, such as:

  • how it will affect the surrounding area
  • highway safety
  • the design of the proposed development (what this will be like to look at)
  • whether the development will affect the enjoyment of your own property in any way (such as the garden).

Some matters will not be considered in planning applications and these are shown below. These apply across the country following a decision in the courts:

  • the effect on property value
  • loss of a private view
  • loss of acquired rights to light
  • suspicion about future intentions
  • personal circumstances of the applicant.

If you need to speak to someone about a planning application or for general planning enquiries, please contact Customer Services - details are in the menu bar on the right-hand side of this page.

Asking questions at Development Control (planning) Committee meetings

To find out when planning committee meetings take place or to see agenda and meeting minutes for Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury, view the calendars shown below:

These are public meetings that anyone can attend. You will need to tell the committee clerk by noon the day before the meeting if you wish to speak.

For more information on having your say on planning applications and details of who to contact if you wish to speak at a Development Control Committee meeting, download our Guide to having your say on planning applications (PDF).