Comment on planning permission

Planning and building control

If you have an objection to a planning application, you’re invited to make your voice heard.

How a planning application is made public

After a planning application has been made, notices are posted nearby.

Also letters are sent inviting comments from people living nearby, relevant stakeholders and interest groups.

Larger developments will be advertised in a local newspaper with possible exhibitions in municipal buildings.

Details of the proposals, including architects' drawings and models, may be also available you to see in council offices.

Find planning applications online

If you don’t receive a notification, you also can search online for planning applications and appeals.

Deadline for comments Click to get info

You need to submit your comments in writing before the consultation deadline.

This is usually 21 days from the date the consultation was carried out on new applications, or 14 days on amended plans.

If you have questions about an application, or if you require any further information at any stage, you may contact the Duty Planning Officer on 020 8496 3000.

Read more about how you can comment on a planning application in this online guide (109KB PDF).

There are a number of ways to comment on an application.


The best way to comment is to comment on a live planning application online.  


In writing

Development Management

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Sycamore House

Town Hall Complex

Forest Road

Walthamstow E17 4JF

Items to remember when contacting us:

  • Always quote the address of the property to which the application relates and the planning application number (if known).
  • Any comments you send in response to an application have to be available for inspection by the applicant or others interested in the application.
  • We cannot consider comments made anonymously or are marked 'confidential'.

What you can comment on Click to get info

You’re invited to comment on any of these matters.

  • loss of light or overshadowing
  • overlooking or loss of privacy
  • visual appearance (for example, design, appearance and materials)
  • layout and density of buildings
  • traffic generation, highway safety or adequate parking
  • noise, smells and disturbance resulting from use
  • loss of trees
  • effect on listed buildings or conservation areas
  • relevant planning policies (eg, government policy statements, the London Plan, the local development plan and supplementary planning guidance)

What you can't comment on Click to get info

Though your opinions are important, you can’t comment on every aspect of a planning permission submission.

Points that can’t be considered:

  • Matters controlled under building regulations or other non-planning legislation (eg structural stability, fire precaution, control of pollution, statutory nuisances etc.)
  • Private issues between neighbours (for example, land or boundary disputes, damage to property, private rights of way, covenants etc.)
  • Loss of value of property (but the reasons why it might affect the value can be considered in their own right)
  • Problems associated with the construction period (e.g. hours of work, noise, dust, construction vehicles etc. – environmental protection legislation might be relevant)·
  • Loss of a view.

The majority of applications are decided by senior planning officers under delegated powers.

If your application is to be considered by the planning committee you’ll receive a letter explaining the procedure for this.

It will tell you the date of your meeting and instruction about addressing the committee