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Public Access - view, comment and appeal planning applications

Public Access allows you to view details of planning and Building Regulation applications and planning appeals received since 1 April 1974.  You can also see details of licensing applications.  We have now upgraded Public Access to give improved functionality especially on searching, mapping, the ability to filter documents and a new online measuring facility.  Guidance on how to get the most from Public Access is available from the Documents part of the page. 

Please note: Lawful development certificates for existing or proposed development in pursuant of Sections 191 and 192 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 are determined based on a legal test and a matter of fact. For that reason these types of application are not subject to consultation’s. If the local planning authority is satisfied that the appropriate legal tests have been met it will grant a lawful development certificate.The only information therefore that is shown on our Public Access website is that prescribed by Regulations relating to a precise description of the application and a copy of the decision notice.

You can:

  • Submit comments about a current planning application.  (The page will time out after 50 minutes so please draft your comments first and paste them in if they are long)
  • Save searches or track the progress of applications and planning appeals and be notified by email of changes or updates
  • See weekly or monthly lists of applications received or decisions made
  • View planning documents for valid applications after 1 Jan 2009 which can now be filtered and sorted
  • If you are searching by application number, ignore any letters and use only the numbers 16/01234. 

    Public Access is continually updated however we cannot be held legally responsible for any inaccuracies or omissions on the site that result in loss or inconvenience.  We also cannot be held legally responsible for representations from anyone commenting on planning applications which may contain libellous or defamatory statements.

    Objections or supporting comments on applications must be rational, impersonal and directed principally to the planning issues raised by the proposal.  Comments of a personal, slanderous, libellous, defamatory, or otherwise offensive or abusive nature are not constructive or helpful to the process of determining a planning application and may result in an action for libel.


Plans, maps, drawings and other material submitted to the Councils or Department are protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (section 47). You may only use material which is downloaded and/or printed for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner.


To view documents in PDF format you will require the free Download Adobe Reader Adobe Acrobat Reader

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