Planning Consultation Process
Most types of application are advertised by means of a notice placed on or adjacent to the site and, in general, this meets legal obligations. On occasion, notification letters are sent by post to immediate neighbouring properties.
We do not attempt to find the legal owner of neighbouring properties.
Some applications, such as major applications or applications in a Conservation Area are advertised in the Accrington Observer.
The full Planning Consultation Process is outlined in our Publicity Procedure for Planning Applications document.
To ensure that your comments are taken into account we must receive them by the latest date stated on the neighbour notification letter, Site or Press Notice. We will normally accept comments later than the date stated if the planning officers report has not been written.
Please write to Development Management, Scaitcliffe House, Ormerod Street, Accrington BB5 0PF or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online comment form by clicking on the “Comment On Application” button at the top left of the Summary section of the application Case File page.
Regrettably we do not have the resources to acknowledge any comments received, for applications received after 23rd May 2018 we no longer publish neighbour comments either in support of or objecting to planning applications. Comments, including the name and address of the person making the comment, can be viewed on request at the Council Offices at Scaitcliffe House.
Comments are passed to the Planning Officer and relevant concerns summarised in the Officer’s report which is published on the website.
Please refrain from comments of a personal nature as we cannot take account of them, and you are responsible for any offensive or inaccurate comments.
For independent guidance on how to comment please see this independent blog.
You may also put your views directly to the Planning Committee meeting if the application is to be decided at Planning Committee by requesting to speak using the online Permission to Speak at Planning Committee form. For Major applications there is normally a limit of two speakers in support and two objectors at each application.
If you want to observe the meeting, without being called to speak, you are welcome to attend and listen to the discussion.
Committee meetings are normally held on Wednesdays at Scaitcliffe House, Accrington, BB5 0PF. Please check before travelling that the meeting is still taking place as scheduled, by contacting us on 01254 388 111 and asking to speak to Member Services.
If you are submitting a petition, please list the number of comments, either on the petition or on a covering letter. Please note that we can only consider relevant planning issues and that a petition not addressing planning issues will not carry any weight, whereas it is worthwhile sending a single letter with a relevant planning issue.
After the deadline, the Council will proceed to decide the application.
All applications, and decisions are put on the website and can be found using the ‘Search for and track planning applications online’ link on the next page.
To see more about how we record and store your information please see the Council’s privacy notice.