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Viewing and commenting on planning applications

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View planning applications

Planning applications are available to view:


Guidance on making comments

How to submit a comment

After viewing the planning application, you can make a comment or object to it within 21 days of the formal notification date.  You can do this in a number of ways:

Planning Aid for Scotland provide free advice on all planning matters including making representations, for more information and to find out if your eligible for free advice visit the Planning Aid for Scotland.

All comments must be accompanied by your name and full postal address as anonymous comments will not be taken into account.  Whilst your personal information will not be published, your comments will be treated as a public document and displayed for public inspection.

Comments which include remarks which are of a racist or otherwise offensive nature will not be considered, and the writer will be advised of our concerns and asked to amend their letter, or it will be withdrawn.

Comments taken into consideration

A material consideration is a matter that will be taken into account when deciding a planning application or on an appeal against a planning decision.  This can include (but are not limited to):

  • Local, strategic, regional and national planning policies
  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
  • Loss of daylight or sunlight (based on Building Research Establishment guidance)
  • Traffic
  • Noise
  • Effect on listed buildings and Conservation areas
  • Design, visual appearance and finishing materials
  • Previous appeal decisions

Matters which cannot normally be taken into account include:

  • Matters controlled under Building Regulations or other non-planning legislation, e.g. structural stability, drainage details, fire precautions, matters covered by licences etc.
  • Private issues between neighbours e.g. land/boundary disputes, damage to property, private rights of access, covenants etc.
  • Loss of value of property
  • Loss of a view
  • Problems arising from the construction period of any works

View a comprehensive list of material considerations from Planning aid for Scotland.


You may send a petition of objection or support provided that:

  • each page of the petition is headed with the aim of the petition
  • the names and addresses of those signing are provided and are readable
  • the comments are material in planning terms and are clearly stated
  • the name and address of the petition co-ordinator is included for receipt of acknowledgement and notification of the decision

For the purposes of requiring a decision to be referred to the Development Management Committee under the Council's Scheme of Delegation, a petition only counts as one objection. Acknowledgement and notification of the decision will only be made to the petition co-ordinator.

After your comment has been submitted

We will acknowledge receipt of your comment before it is placed on the online planning system.

Your comments will be considered before a decision is made on the application. The case officer will summarise your comments in the report on the application and assess their relevance. The full letter will be available to the decision makers whether that is a senior planning official or Councillors.

We will inform you of the decision on the application. Some applications take a long time to decide so it may be a number of months before you hear from us. You can follow the progress of an application by registering on the online planning system.

What can I do if I am unhappy with the decision made?

There is no right of appeal for third party contributors to a planning application.


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