Comment on a planning application

How to comment on a planning application


  1. Find the application you'd like to comment on using the search options above
  2. Read all of the related notes, plans and documents
  3. Send us your comments by clicking 'Comment on this application'
    (this will only appear if the application is open for comments)

Sending us your comments online is the quickest and easiest way to have your say.

Email: Please note that this email address should only be used for commenting on applications.

Post: Planning Group, Town Hall and Civic Offices, Westoe Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2RL.

Please include the planning application reference number and your postal address. We cannot consider comments that are anonymous or that do not include your address.

How long you have to comment

If you have received a letter, you have 21 days from the date shown on the letter to comment.

If a site or press notice was issued, you have 21 days from the date the notice appeared to comment on the application. Please note that site and press notices are not posted for all planning applications.

All planning applications are published on this website with the deadline date for comments. Comments submitted after this time might not be considered because the application may have already been decided.

Where a householder appeal is dealt with by the fast track procedure there will be no opportunity for you to make further comments at the appeal stage.

Further information about making comments

Comments about applications are summarised / included in a report that is used as part of the determination process, along with the addresses of all those who have made comments. Names of any person who has requested to speak at Planning Committee will also be included in this report. A copy of the report will be published on the Council's website.

If an appeal is made by the applicant, we must send your comments to the Planning Inspectorate, who may publish them on their website, and we must also send them to the applicant. We will remove personal information from your comments when carrying this out. Please note that only the applicant can appeal against the Council's decision.

All comments, including photographs and other supporting information will also be available to the public to view at the Customer Contact Centre in South Shields Town Hall.

Please make sure that you only provide information, including your personal information, that you are happy to be made available to others. If you supply someone else's personal information please make sure you have their permission to do so.

Objections or supporting comments on applications must be rational, impersonal and directed principally to the planning issues raised by the proposal. Comments of a personal, slanderous, libellous, defamatory, or otherwise offensive or abusive nature are not constructive or helpful to the process of determining a planning application and may result in an action for libel. 

Where any comment is submitted which (in the Council's opinion) contains such material, we will return it, and ask it to be resubmitted, with the material in question omitted.   

How to get help with searching and commenting on planning applications

For more help, contact the Planning Group on 0191 424 7421 or email

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