Comment on planning applications

You can comment on any planning application during the consultation period. This is normally three weeks from the date that the consultation letters are sent out.

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Commenting

You can support or object to a proposal, but you should remember that planning applications can only be decided on the basis of planning issues related to that application. We cannot accept comments after the end of the consultation period for an application. All comments submitted will automatically be available for public viewing - please refrain from using bad language, personal details about yourself or defamatory comments about others. By submitting any written comments you are consenting to your name and address being placed in the public domain. If you have an overriding legal reason why your address should remain confidential, please contact the planning office for advice in good time prior to submitting your comments in accordance with the relevant deadline.

We will consider all comments we receive, but when making our formal decision we can only take account of matters known as 'material planning considerations'. A few examples of what can be considered:

  • Overshadowing - the effect on neighbours' daylight, sunlight or privacy
  • Road safety - the impact of traffic, road access, parking and servicing
  • Overbearing - the appearance, bulk or height of the scheme
  • Design – the density, layout, appearance and materials proposed to be used
  • Out-of-character - the impact on the character of the area 
  • Loss of trees or other important landscape features 
  • Disturbance - the impact on amenities such as noise or smells generated by the proposal
  • Principle - the potential loss of a valued local service or use such as a shop or a residential flat 
  • Conservation - the effect on a listed building or the character of a conservation area

We will not consider comments which are:

  • Offensive statements that lower a person's reputation personally or within their trade, profession or business
  • Racist statements are those that discriminate against individuals on racial grounds including their race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins. Gypsies and other minorities are considered racial groups
  • Comments that discriminate on grounds of religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability will also not be published or considered
  • Anonymous 

Should you experience any problems submitting your comments, you can also submit them via email or in writing. When writing or emailing please include the application number (eg 14/0001/FUL) and the site address, you must also include your name and full postal address.

Under the provisions of the Local Government (Access to Information Act) 1985, any written comments that you submit (including by post) will be made available online, via public access, for inspection and copying by the public. By submitting such comments you are consenting to your name and address being placed in the public domain. If you have an overriding legal reason why your address should remain confidential please contact the planning office for advice in good time prior to submitting your comments in accordance with the relevant deadline.

Email: planning@southampton.gov.uk

Write to: Planning and Sustainability
Southampton City Council
Civic Centre
Civic Centre Road
Southampton
SO14 7LY