View or comment on a planning application

You can view, comment or follow the progress of a planning application online, including checking decisions on applications, using public access.

Public Access will be unavailable on 28 and 29 March 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have an urgent enquiry relating planning  or building standards applications, appeals, enforcement and notices email / or call ACCESSLine on 03452 777778.

We will notify neighbours who have premises within 20 metres of the application site about a proposed development (except in certain cases such as works to listed buildings or signage). However anyone can comment on a planning application, either in support or opposition.

If you make representation we will send you an acknowledgment providing further information on the process for determination of the application. Please note that any comments you submit in relation to a planning application will be publicly available.

Some applications are advertised in the local press, including development affecting listed buildings or conservation areas as well as applications for some specific types of development such as pubs and hot food takeaway shops.

You can receive notification of applications that have been advertised in your area by registering with

The neighbour notification letter or public advert will give a date by which comments should be received. Please make your comments as soon as possible after you receive notification or view an advert.

If you have missed the time limit, call the planning service via ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778. In some cases the period for making comment can be extended.

When making a representation, please set out your reasons. It is not sufficient to simply state that you object or support the proposal.

Advice is available from private planning consultants or from groups such as Planning Aid Scotland.

Some points which may be considered to form a valid planning representation include:

  • compliance or non-compliance with the development plan or national guidance 
  • impact on adjacent property and the local area 
  • noise, nuisance and smell 
  • privacy and amenity
  • visual appearance and compatibility
  • impact on traffic movements
  • road safety and access
  • parking issues
  • effect on pedestrians and cyclists

Matters which do not form valid planning representations include:

  • issues covered by other legislation such as licensing, building standards, health & safety 
  • private property rights such as boundary or access disputes 
  • the developer’s motives, record or reputation 
  • perceived impact on property values
  • competition between businesses 
  • the impact on a private view over someone else’s land 
  • inconvenience caused by construction works
  • moral issues, such as an amusement arcade which might attract children
Any comments should be submitted online using public access. Comments can also be submitted to

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