Search for or comment on a planning application
We welcome comments on any of the planning applications we receive.
When a planning application is submitted, we're obliged to publicise the proposal to give local residents and other interested parties the opportunity to comment.
There are three ways we might do this:
- write to you to invite you to comment, if we think that a planning application will affect your property
- display a notice at the site that the application concerns (in the case of major developments)
- advertise the fact that an application has been received in Public Notices column of the Barking and Dagenham Post
View copies of planning applications
You can also view copies at the Development Management reception at the Town Hall, during normal office hours.
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If you wish to support an application or object to it you can do so using the Public Access website.
When commenting on a planning application, make sure that you:
- quote the application number (or the address where the proposed development is taking place)
- make it clear whether you are objecting, supporting or commenting on the proposal
- restrict your comments to planning issues — the council can only take planning issues into account when making a decision
Please make comments within 3 weeks of notification. Any comments received later than this but before the date of decision will form part of the planning officer’s deliberations.
The comments you make will form part of the planning officer’s report, which may be delegated to officers or put before the planning committee for decision.
Your comments will not be confidential. They count as public documents and can be seen by the applicant and any other interested parties.
You should check the Public Access website to see the final decision taken on the application.
Comments about a particular case are available to view at the Town Hall — ask for Development Management Administration at reception.
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There is no comprehensive list of material planning issues, but some of the most common include:
- adopted council planning policies and supplementary planning documents
- the London Plan
- national planning policy
- loss of amenity to nearby premises in respect of daylight, sunlight, noise and disturbance
- the scale/size/design of the proposal in relation to other properties and the street scene
- any impact on trees
- highways issues such as parking, turning and visibility
- any impact on listed buildings or conservation areas
These issues will be considered in any event by the planning officer. A lack of objection on any scheme doesn't necessarily mean it will be approved.
The following issues will not normally be considered:
- loss of view
- land ownership disputes
- civil covenants or agreements between land owners
- personal matters relating to the specific applicant
- whether work has begun
- any potential changes to land/property values
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