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Advice on commenting on a planning application (Source: Shropshire Council website)

YOU NEED TO BE REGISTERED TO MAKE COMMENTS TERMS & CONDITIONS (Register by clicking here and you will be taken directly to the Shropshire Council's Planning Department website.

Please be aware that all comments submitted by you about any application are a matter of Public Record and will be scanned and placed on the Shropshire Council website for inspection by the public.
DO NOT include your signature
DO NOT include your phone number
DO NOT include any other information you are unwilling to publish on the Internet
DO include your surname, initials and address

Providing that the application is still within its consultation period, simply complete and submit the online comments form.

Viewing Comments Comments and Consultation Responses submitted about an application are available to view within the Comments Tab or Documents Tab for that application.

How do I comment on a planning application? Comments can be made online. Comments submitted through this way will be automatically acknowledged and you can monitor updates on the application.

How long do I have to comment? There is a limited amount of time in which you can make comments. The statutory time given to neighbours to comment on an application is 21 days. It is very important to meet any deadline, or your comments may not be taken into account. the deadline on this application is February 3rd 2015, although comments can still be made on the website they not be counted.

Will my comments be acknowledged? Please note that due to the volume of comments received, it will not be possible to acknowledge your comments or respond to questions concerning an application.

How will my comments be used? Representations will be kept on public files and may be included within written committee reports or read at public meetings of the committee. In addition, please be aware that any representations submitted will be published online. However, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, signatures, telephone numbers and email addresses will be removed.

Will I be notified about an application decision? You can monitor the progress of an application online. You will first need to register your details in the system which will then allow you to receive e-mail notification about any updates on the application, including the final decision and any subsequent appeals which are lodged.

I am having problems viewing an application, can you help? If you are experiencing problems viewing the application files or require any further assistance, please contact your local area office (see below lis).

What can I comment on? Only material planning considerations can be taken into account. The Planning Portal has further information on what constitutes a material planning consideration. When commenting on an application you should be aware that the following areas are not considerations:
•Nobody has a right to a view from their property. The Local Planning Authority cannot control the effects of new development on the outlook from existing property except in the general case of residential amenity.
•Impact on the valuation of property
•The cost of a development is not a material consideration, and the Local Planning Authority has no jurisdiction to protect developers from expensive projects.
•Loss of trade or increased competition.
•A personal interest or a civil dispute.
•Generally speaking, personal circumstances are not a material planning consideration.

How will the application be determined? Planning decisions are delegated for approval unless they raise issues which are significant or contentious. There are a series of triggers for referral set out in Part 8 of the Council's Constitution. Click the link for information on the Council's Scheme of Delegation.

Will I be notified if an application is referred to committee? You can track the progress of an application on-line using the Public Access system. You will then receive an e-mail notifying you of updates or decisions, including notification if an application is to be determined at committee.

Where is my local area planning office?
Our team is based across 5 area offices: -
•Shrewsbury: Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND
•Craven Arms: The Gateway, The Auction Yard, Craven Arms, SY7 9BW
•Bridgnorth: Cantern Brook, Stanley Lane, Bridgnorth, WV16 4SF
•Oswestry: Castle View, Oswestry, SY11 1JR
•Wem: Edinburgh House, New Street, Wem, SY4 5DB