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Comment on a planning application

How to make a comment and what can be taken into account

Have your say

Before contacting us, please look at the application forms and plans through Public Access. Note that there may be a delay between the registration of the application, and the uploading of the application documents.

Send your comments to planning@fenland.gov.uk or to the Development Services team at Fenland Hall, County Road, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 8NQ.

Making a comment on a Planning Application

Comments that can be taken into account about any planning proposals include its:

  • scale, appearance and design
  • effect on the amenities of local residents (including loss of light, overlooking, loss of privacy, noise and disturbance)
  • impact on the character of the area and whether the use is appropriate
  • impact on highway safety and parking
  • impact on nature, conservation and trees (including the character and appearance of a Conservation Area)
  • effect on the special architectural or historic interest of a Listed Building

The Government says there are certain things that cannot be taken into account when we decide a planning application (known as planning considerations). These include:

  • loss of property value
  • boundary disputes
  • private matters between neighbours (such as covenants, rights of access and damage to property) and
  • trade competition

You can still comment even it its not your application. There is a time limit to receiving comments, but at their discretion, a Planning Officer may accept them after 21 days of consultation.