Planning permission comments advice

If there is a planning permission application that you want to comment on, the next step is to look at the plans.

Copies of all current planning applications, including drawings and supporting documents, are available for free public inspection at our offices during office hours.

A duty planner will be available to help if you need assistance in understanding the proposals. Please see the duty planner information for availability times.

If you wish to discuss detailed aspects of the application with the officer that is dealing with the application, you may need to make an appointment (via telephone on 01254 585960).

What to include in your comments

Although local views are important, central government has made it clear through its planning legislation that local opposition to a proposal is not in itself a reason for refusing planning permission, unless this opposition is based on valid and substantiated planning grounds.

Comments which are not based on material (relevant) planning matters cannot be taken into account.

Material planning matters

Material planning matters include:

  • is the design of the development compatible with the surrounding area? This is particularly important within conservation areas and within the setting of a listed building
  • is the design acceptable in terms of ‘bulk’ and size?
  • impact on traffic
  • car parking
  • will the development constitute an ‘over development of the site’?
  • what is the effect of the development on daylight or sunlight on adjoining properties?
  • will the development result in a loss of privacy of amenity to the adjoining properties? For example, by overlooking residential properties
  • what effect will the development have on parking, traffic or road access or visibility?
  • does the development comply with the council's policies as contained in the Local Plan or other documents?

Material planning matters do not include:

  • spoiling your view
  • devaluing your property
  • nuisance caused by construction work
  • disliking the applicant

The Council cannot accept comments which include statements of a defamatory nature. If such comments are identified they will be returned and will not be taken into consideration when assessing the planning application.

The applicant has the right to appeal against a decision to refuse planning permission.

Privacy notice

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council may publish comments and personal details received in connection with planning applications on the internet and make them available for public inspection. This information may include (but is not confined to) your name, address, signature, email address and phone number. Information provided may also be shared with other departments/external agencies. Please ensure that you only provide personal information belonging to you, and that you are happy it will be made available to others in this way. If you supply information belonging to a third party, please make sure that you have their permission to do so and that they are aware that their information will be processed in this way. If you wish to withdraw this information please do so in writing via the methods above.