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All planning applications carry with them the duty to notify the owners and occupants of neighbouring properties. In general terms, "neighbours" are persons having an interest in land within 20 metres of the application site boundary. Neighbour notification advises of the submission of an application, where to inspect its details and how to make comment. You do not have to be neighbour notified to comment on a proposal. Certain types of application are placed in the "public notices" section of a local newspaper, giving the same information. If you receive a 'notice to neighbours' on a standard form from the council, it will tell you that an application has been submitted. A site plan will also be included showing the location of the proposal. If you are in doubt please email development management.

Neighbours are not provided with a full set of the plans submitted, and it is therefore necessary to inspect the application in order to be clear about the exact nature and extent of the proposal. This can be done via ePlanning portal by entering the planning application reference number.

Commenting on an application

Anyone can comment on an application. Comments on applications can be made using the Council's online planning register. First find the application in question and then select the 'Make a Comment on this Application' option at the top of the page. Alternatively you can contact us.

The Council should receive your comments during the published consultation period or they could be too late to be considered. The consultation deadline will be specified in the neighbour notification or the press advert. Contact development management for advice if you are unable to comment within the time specified.

Before submitting any comments on a planning application it is recommended that you read the guidance below on how to comment and in particular the section on Planning Matters. This section provides some examples of issues which are deemed relevant and should be given consideration during the processing of a planning application and other examples we cannot consider.

Please note that any comments/representations made by you will be available for public inspection and will be published on the on-line register.

How your objection will be dealt with

All objections and comments will be acknowledged. If the application is determined by the planning committee, objectors and the applicant are advised of the intended committee date and who to contact if they wish to address committee and the procedure to enable you to take part in the hearing, should you wish. (The hearing procedure allows objectors and applicants to speak directly to the committee deciding the application). If the date of the hearing is altered, you will be informed of the revised date.

In all cases the content of representations will be taken account of and summarised in a committee Report. The author and content of any objection or comment cannot be withheld from the applicant.

A copy of all comments or representation will be kept on file and can be made available to the public under a Freedom of Information request.

Although we will take into account all of the letters received, due to staff resources and the volume of letters, it is not always possible to respond individually to queries raised or meet interested parties. All those who made a representation to the application will be advised of the decision made on an application.

Tellme Scotland

Tellme Scotland is a portal for accessing public information notices issued by local authorities across Scotland. It allows you to:

  • Search for public notices such as planning and licensing in your area
  • Check roadworks and restrictions on any route that you choose
  • Search archived notices across the country
  • Register to receive alerts by text or email on notices in your area

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Citizen Satisfaction Survey

As part of our commitment to improve the quality of the service we provide and would appreciate it if you would complete a short survey.  Once the survey period has closed a report of the survey findings will be made available on the council's website.  Your response is completely anonymous and personal details will not be published.