View or comment on a planning application

Our planning search service

Our planning search service is free and can be used to view or comment on planning applications.

You can:

  • View the details of current and some historical application
  • Print or download a weekly list of applications received or decided, by parish

Historic file request

  • Please note that under the current circumstances we are unable to provide this service. We apologise for any inconvenience.

View new and recent planning applications

View a weekly list of new and recent planning applications and decisions within our district on the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning website.

Publication of comments

Any comments you submit in response to a planning application will be:

  • Published online
  • made available to the public, and 
  • will form part of the planning register. 

We are unable to take into account any comments that are marked 'confidential'.

Comments on our website

  • Your comments should be clear and indicate if you are supporting or opposing the application.
  • your comments should be based only on material planning considerations (see the table below). 

We reserve the right to return representations to the sender/author, asking them to remove offending information before it can be accepted.

Information required

  • your name and address (including postcode) is the only information required to register your representation
  • you should not include your telephone number, email address or signature in your comments. 

This information will:

  • be published on our website, including your address (your name and any other personal information such as medical information will be redacted)
  • made available for public inspection at our offices
  • provide transparency in the decision making process. 

If this information is not provided we will not be able to consider your representation.

If you choose to comment by sending us an email, please send us your comments as an attachment to the email.

Processing applications

As of 7 April 2021, we are processing applications from these dates:
Household, full, outlined and reserved matters: 3 March
Discharge of conditions: 22 March
Pre-applications: 7 April

New applications, once validated, are normally viewable online within 5 working days of receipt of the application.

The allocated case officer will:

  • Review any neighbour representations received during the assessment of the application 
  • be summarised in the case officers report 
  • published on our website.

If you have any concerns or a mistake has been made, then please email with the application reference and document details and we will investigate.

In the event of an appeal, your representations will be forwarded to the planning Inspectorate and the appellant.

The planning Inspectorate may publish appeal documentation, including copies of representations received, on the Planning Portal

All information provided in your representation, including your name and address, will be published.

If you object to publication in this way, contact the Planning Inspectorate directly giving them details of the appeal reference number.

Material Planning Considerations

Do comment on

  • Principle of development- for example loss of a valued service such as a church or shop.
  • Adjoining properties will be overshadowed through loss of daylight or sunlight, overlooked or the scheme will be overbearing through the appearance, bulk or height.
  • Effects on the area (for example density, layout, siting, design and external appearance of buildings and landscaping) are not in keeping with the surrounding area.
  • The effects on a designated area or building. For example, Green Belt, Conservation Areas,
  • Listed Building, Ancient Monuments, Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
  • Loss of trees and hedges.
  • There will be an increase in noise, smells or fumes generated by the proposal.
  • Ensuring there is adequate car parking, cycle, refuse and storage facilities.
  • New roads and access are safe for road users and pedestrians.
  • Loss of protected species such as bats, badgers, owls, great crested newts and birds.
  • Enjoyment of public rights of way.
  • There is insufficient surface water, foul water drainage and flooding issues.
  • Any advertisement would be too brightly lit or too large.

Don't comment on

  • The loss of a private view from your property.
  • Boundary disputes between neighbours.
  • Loss of trade from competing businesses.
  • Loss of value to your property.
  • Moral objections– for example to betting shops or amusement arcades.
  • Personal circumstances – for example, a personal dislike of the developer.
  • Photographs of your property, neighbours property, people or number plates.
  • Matters controlled by other legislation – for example, structural issues covered by Building Regulations.
  • Offensive statements that have a negative impact on a person’s reputation personally or within their trade, profession or business.
  • Comments that discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability
  • Anonymous comments.

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