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Planning applications

View and comment on planning applications

In order to pursue the Government's "Digital by Default" Strategy, East Northamptonshire Council has implemented a paperless working environment within its Planning Services Department. 

In line with East Northamptonshire Council's Retention Guidelines, some document types are removed from our systems after a defined period of time.  These guidelines are also applied to our internal systems; therefore these documents will no longer be available even if requested under the Freedom of Information Act.  As a result of this, you may find that there is a difference in the information available for historical planning applications versus current planning applications. Full details can be found here.

How to view a planning application

Online

By viewing planning applications online you agree to the terms in our copyright and limitations notice.

Documents are currently available online for applications spanning the years 1948-1992 & from 2005 onwards. If you are looking for documents outside of these dates initially please use the online search facility as it is possible that the documents may be still available for viewing.  Please complete this form with details of the documents you wish to see. 

By visiting our offices

Planning applications can be viewed electronically using our computers, which are available at our offices:

Copies of written information can be made for a fee, however, it is important to note that once a decision has been made on an application we cannot provide copies of plans or drawings due to copyright law and you will therefore need to contact the original architect in order to obtain them.

How to comment on a planning application

Please note that East Northamptonshire Council prefers to receive all communication electronically.

We have received an unprecedented number of major applications submitted at the same time.  Our priority is to upload all comments as soon as possible on the basis that statutory consultees will be uploaded first and comments from members of the public will be uploaded as soon after as possible.

Online

  1. Find the application you'd like to comment on using the search options above
    Please note: application documents will be uploaded to the website within 72 hours of an application being placed on the website.
  2. Read all of the related notes, plans and documents
  3. Add your comments by clicking 'Make a public comment'
  4. Please note that you must create an account  and be signed in before you can add a comment.  This account is separate to any other online account that you may hold for ENC Services.

Download a user guide for viewing and commenting on planning applications online

By email

Please send your comments to planning@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk

Please ensure the application reference number is included in the subject line of your email and that your email contains your contact name and address in order to be accepted.

By post

Please send your comments to East Northamptonshire Council, marked for the attention of Planning.

Please ensure the application reference number, a contact name and address are included with your comment in order to be accepted.

How long do I have to comment?

Whilst we can receive comments up to the date we make a decision, comments should be submitted to us as soon as possible to make sure that they are taken into account in the planning officer's report.

The dates that we ask for comments to be submitted by can be found on the letters we send you, the site notices displayed close to the development site and on the Important Dates tab within the search results on our planning applications website.

Will my comments be made public?

All comments have to be made in writing to be accepted (Please note that East Northamptonshire Council prefers to receive all communication electronically).

Anonymous comments cannot be accepted, so you will need to provide a contact name and address on any comment that you send us. (These details are not made public).   All comments received will be available to view online along with other all other documents relating to the application within 7 working days of receipt.

Once received, they are reviewed to ensure that they are not inappropriate or libelous.  Should a comment contain personal data which does not affect the impact of the comment (i.e. a telephone number), then the text to be redacted is replaced with "this text has been removed".   If the personal data is such that its removal could affect the impact of the comment (i.e. a person referencing health issues) then the decision may be made to not make the comment public at all.

Please note that with any redacted comments a copy of the original comment is held internally for the planning officer to use.  In some circumstances we may receive a request for personal data to be displayed, in order to do this written consent should be submitted to planning@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk

Anyone can make comments on a planning application and you do not need to be a neighbour to the site to give us your views.

Due to the high number of comments that we receive, we no longer acknowledge receipt of comments and are unable to enter into correspondence about any issues raised

What can I comment on?

Only comments relating to "material planning considerations" can be taken into account. Over the years, planning appeals and legal decisions have established that some matters cannot be taken into account in planning decisions. We understand that is can be very frustrating as there are many concerns that you may have about a proposal that we are not allowed to consider. As a planning authority we can only decide if an application is acceptable in "material" planning terms.

Common examples of material planning considerations are;

  • Accordance with relevant policy
  • Accordance with relevant advice
  • The number, size, layout, siting, design and external appearance of buildings
  • Impact on the neighbourhood of an area. Would the proposal harm the character or amenity of the area? Impact on the amenities of adjoining properties in terms of privacy, and daylight, e.g. overshadowing or overlooking. If you feel you have a 'right to light', you may wish to take private legal advice but this is not a matter that we can take into account.
  • The effect on traffic, road access and visibility, parking and highway safety.
  • The appropriateness of the proposed land use, e.g. the conversion of a house in a quiet residential street to a shop or restaurant.

Please note that comments on applications for Listed Building Consent or Conservation Area Consent, must relate to the character of the building and the effect of the work to be undertaken. Likewise, on applications for Certificates of Lawful Development (Existing or Proposed) comments can only be made on the facts (evidence) of the case, not on its planning merits.

What won't be considered?

Unfortunately we cannot take 'Non Material' considerations into account. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Whether the applicant intends to carry out the proposal. The applicant is still entitled to a decision even if they do not intend to proceed with the development.
  • Competition between similar businesses.
  • Cost of the scheme.
  • Loss of private views over other land.
  • Loss of the ability to maintain property.
  • The application is retrospective. If the development has been built without approval, we must look only at its planning merits, not that the developer has started without consent.
  • Moral objections e.g. to a betting office or an amusement centre.
  • Objections based on the race, age or sexual orientation of the applicant.
  • The effect on the value of property.
  • Rights or obligations contained in property 'title deeds'.
  • Conflict between neighbours. It is only necessary to establish whether the proposal would affect amenities and uses that ought to be protected in the public interest.
  • Compliance with other controls, such as Building Regulations and The Party Wall Act.
  • Duplication of other controls. If a matter can be controlled under other legislation, it should not be considered as part of the assessment process. This includes matters controlled under Environmental Protection legislation, litter, anti-social behaviour in public places etc.

Speaking at a committee meeting

If a planning application goes to committee, you can request to speak at the committee meeting.

Please note, not all applications will go to committee. If you are not sure whether a particular application will go to committee, please contact the Duty Planner on 01832 742225 or by emailing planning@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk.