How to make comments on planning applications

Object, support or comment on a planning application online

Step 1. View the planning application - this means the comments will be associated with the correct planning application.

Step 2. Click on the link for submitting comments on the planning application page.

Most planning applications are subject to consultation and anyone is able to make representations, object, support or comment should they wish to do so. Consultations are normally limited to a 21 day period, ensure your comments are received before the expiry date.

Before you submit comments read the guides:

If you are unable to make your comments online you can send your comments by post. This will take longer than commenting online.  Quote the application number and your full address. Without your address your comments may not be taken into consideration. Send postal comments to the Head of Planning and Housing at Development Management, PO Box 606, Municipal Buildings, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 9HP

  • PLEASE NOTE: Comments on applications are put onto the Council’s website and are open to public scrutiny.  Any comments that include matters of a personal or offensive nature will be removed and not considered.

Valid Reasons to Object - what can be taken into account

The Council has a statutory duty to consider the provisions of the Local Plan and any other "material considerations". The most common "material considerations" include the following, the list is not exhaustive.

Policies and guidance

  • Local, strategic, regional and national planning policies
  • Government circulars, orders and statutory instruments
  • Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)

Character and design

  • Design, visual appearance, and materials
  • Layout and density of buildings

Living Conditions of local people

  • Loss of daylight or sunlight
  • Overshadowing/loss of outlook (but not loss of view)
  • Overlooking/loss of privacy  

Pollution or hazardous materials

  • Noise and disturbance from use
  • Smells
  • Light pollution
  • Hazardous materials and ground contamination

Access, parking or traffic

  • Disabled persons access
  • Highway safety issues
  • Traffic generation
  • Vehicular access
  • Adequacy of parking

Natural or historic environment

  • Loss of important trees
  • Landscaping
  • Nature conservation
  • Intrusion into the Open Countryside/ Green Belt
  • Risk of flooding
  • Effect on Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas
  • Archaeology

What cannot be taken into account?

Many concerns cannot be addressed through the planning process, these include:

  • Loss of view
  • Loss of property value
  • Breach of restrictive covenant
  • Loss of trade to a competitor
  • The level of profit a developer might make
  • Personal circumstances of the applicant (in most cases)
  • Moral objections eg to uses such as amusement arcades and betting offices
  • Matters controlled under Building Regulations or other non-planning laws, eg structural stability, drainage, fire precautions etc.
  • Private issues between neighbours eg land/boundary disputes, damage to property, private rights of way, covenants etc.
  • Problems arising from the construction period of any works, eg noise, dust, construction vehicles, hours of work etc.
  • The development is already completed

Public register of planning applications

Cheshire East Council  maintains a public register of planning applications. The register consists of the application form, accompanying plans and drawings, consultation responses and the decision. Any representation on planning applications will be retained as part of that register. Information from the register is used in answering queries about planning history including searches of the Local Land Charge Register. The register is made available to anyone who wishes to view it.

Page last reviewed: 05 August 2021