How we tell you about planning applications

Planning and building control

The Council is required to publicise certain types of planning applications and other related consents by way of a site notice in at least one place on or near the land to which the application relates for not less than 21 days.  In light of the Government’s advice regarding staying at home and social distancing the Council is unable to put up site notices at this time.

Therefore, we are emailing the site notice, for those applications, to the agent / applicant and asking them to put up the site notice. The notice must be placed on or near the land to which the application relates, where it can be easily seen, for a period of at least 21 days. This can be in the window of the property if it can be seen from the street. If it is put up externally, for example on a lamp post, fence etc, it should be laminated, or placed in a clear plastic folder/wallet.

If you put up the site notice, you must send to the Council a photograph of the site notice in situ, clearly showing where it has been placed, to the planning case officer.

Consultation letters are being sent to neighbouring residents as usual by post.

Viewing planning applications

The Council’s Planning Offices are closed to the public and therefore it will not be possible to view applications in person. Applications can be viewed on-line, via the planning web portal.

How we let you know about planning applications

  • notifying neighbours: we send letters to neighbours whose property adjoins the site, and also to nearby residents that may be affected by the development
  • a site notice may be put up near to the site
  • press notice: we publish a notice in the local press for specific types of applications (major, listed building consent, applications in conservation areas)
  • we publish it online: the planning applications register allows you to search and view the application, including all the documents that are associated with the case

We may also ask external organisations such as the Environment Agency and Transport for London for their views on a development. If the site of the application is near the boundary with another London borough, we may also consult that borough.

Some applications may not follow all of the methods above. This will depend on the type of application submitted and the development proposal. For more information read the Statement of Community Involvement (PDF)

Anyone can comment on a planning application. To learn how to do this, please see how to comment on a planning application.