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How Do I Comment on an Application

Objection to and support for an application

Details of planning applications can be found online at Public Access For Planning. Planning applications are available for inspection online at the Civic Centre during normal office hours.

Comments on any application must be made in writing; this can be done via Public Access for Planning , by email or by letter to Development Control, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford DA1 1DR.

Please quote your name and address and the application reference number in any communications. If replying by e-mail, you are advised to submit your comments as an attachment as either a Word or pdf document.

Publication of comments

Comments made on applications will no longer be available on the Council's website in order to comply with the Data Protection regulations.  However, legislation requires that all representations can be inspected at the Council offices.  They are also required to be sent to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant on appeal.

Objections to or support for a planning application should be submitted in a rational and impersonal way and comments directed to the planning issues raised by the proposal. Please note that comments of a personal, slanderous, libellous, defamatory, or otherwise offensive or abusive nature are not constructive or helpful to the process of determining a planning application and may result in an action for libel against you by third parties.

The Council cannot be held legally responsible for representations from anyone commenting on planning applications which may contain libellous or defamatory statements.

Any representations you make must be made available on request for the applicant or any interested party to view.

The Council will ensure that telephone numbers, email addresses as well as other sensitive data, will be blocked from view on copies made available for inspection.

Please see the Council's privacy notice with regards to Development Management.

Anonymous or confidential comments

Failure to provide your name and address will mean that your comments have to be treated as anonymous and consequently will carry little weight. Comments marked private/confidential will be treated as such but cannot be taken into account in determining an application as they will not meet the legislative requirement to make representations available to view.

Dealing with representations

Most planning applications do not attract many representations and are dealt with at officer level. Where representations are received, these may be reported to the Council's Development Control Board, which generally meets every four weeks.

Meetings are open to the public and if an application is reported to the Development Control Board and you have written in expressing your views on the application, you will be entitled to speak. For details of the arrangements for public speaking, click on the link below:

  • Public speaking

    The Council encourages the opportunity for you to have your say on planning proposals considered by the Development Control Board

Last Updated: 07th October 2019 Print Link