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How to comment on planning applications

The following general advice from the Council web site may help if you wish to inspect and comment on a planning application:

Planning procedures

The Council cannot refuse or approve a proposal simply because many people oppose or support it.  Planning applications must be assessed against local and national planning policies.  The Council can consider issues such as:  undue loss of privacy or overlooking; loss of sunlight/daylight; effect on trees; access or traffic problems; need for car parking; unacceptable or incompatible use; noise; fumes; excessive height or bulk of buildings; inappropriate design/layout; and inadequate landscaping/means of enclosure.

How to comment on a planning application

Copies of current planning applications can be inspected using the Online Planning Register.  If you wish to view an application at the Planning Office please email the Council’s Development control team  with the date and time you would like to view giving at least 24 hours notice. They are at

Development Management Offices, 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, SM5 2JG.

and are open during normal office hours (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday).

Anyone has the right to comment on an application.  Comments should be received as soon as possible, before the Planning Committee is due to meet.  Comments are best made in writing after you have seen the planning application, when you have an understanding of what is proposed.

To submit your comments you will need to register online and submit them through the online planning registertutorial video guidance is available to show you how. Please note that your name and address will be posted online and available to view as part of the application once submitted, however we do not publish any personal email addresses or phone numbers you may have registered.

Letters should be sent to the Planning Offices, or by email to [email protected] . You must always quote the application number and provide your full postal address. Anonymous letters and emails will not be taken into account.

If several other people agree with your views you may wish to organise a petition which should be sent to the address above.  Petitions must clearly state the reasons for objection or support and must include the name and address of each individual and their signature.  The petition must also include the details of a person who can be contacted by the council on behalf of the petitioner.

Representatives who wish to speak in support of, or in opposition to, planning applications are able to address the Planning Committee at the discretion of the chairperson.  Further details are on the Planning section of the Council web site.