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As a result of essential upgrade work Public Access for Planning will not be available over the weekend of April 26-27. The work will allow us to introduce an improved version of the website later in the year. If you have any comments you wish to make on planning applications during this period you can email Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Where can I view a copy of a planning application?

You can view electronic copies of planning applications, including application forms, plans and supporting information:

You can obtain a paper copy of the scaled plans for inspection at a more convenient time, but there is a charge for this service.

You can see any public comments, consultation responses and officer planning panel reports (where relevant) about a current planning application on our online planning system.

If you wish to inspect documents from the planning officer’s file, we require 48 hours notice as current files are working documents and may be in use by the case officer on site visits or in meetings elsewhere.

You can arrange to view application documents on our online planning system at a planning reception point by contacting the Planning Service on 01274 434605, or by completing this online request form. Please provide us with as much information as possible about your requirements and include the planning reference number where known.

How do I comment?

Representations can be submitted:

  • online using our online planning system
  • In writing to the Planning Service Jacob's Well Bradford BD1 5RW, quoting the relevant application number

Please note that we require your full name and address, as we may need to contact you about the application if it goes to a planning panel. Your name and address will be public, but we will remove any signatures, telephone numbers and email addresses from material we display on the online planning system.

By law, all written representations are made available for public inspection. If you mark your letter confidential, it cannot be taken into account when determining the application.

What to do if you have difficulty submitting comments using the online planning system

Submitting comments using the online planning system is the best way to ensure that your opinions are taken into account, as they are automatically stored against the planning application in our records.

If you are having difficulty in submitting comments using the online planning system then please contact us via email at

Comments submitted using this email address may take longer to appear on our website.

What issues can we take into account?

We can only take into account planning issues when determining an application.

There is no exhaustive list of material planning considerations, but the following issues are likely to be relevant in most cases:

  • Policies on the Replacement Unitary Development Plan
  • Government Planning Policy Statements/Guidance
  • Considerations of highway safety
  • Residential amenity
  • Design, appearance and layout
  • Character of a layout
  • Noise, disturbance and smells
  • Impact on trees, listed buildings and conservation areas
  • Visual impact

What issues cannot be taken into account?

Examples of issues that are not planning matters include:

  • Loss of view
  • Private rights such as restrictive covenants, private rights of way and rights to light
  • Land ownership
  • Boundary or access disputes
  • Objections on grounds of business competition
  • Effects on property value
  • Morality or personal opinion
  • Matters covered by other legislation
  • The reputation of the applicant/developer
  • Nuisance caused by building work
  • Speculation about future developments

What happens when I comment on an application?

We do not send paper acknowledgements but if you use public access you will receive an immediate acknowledgement by email.

All comments received are made public and will be made available on the internet on the online planning system. The applicant has the right to see what you have written. All comments will be removed from the online planning system once the application has been determined, unless there is an appeal.

What happens next?

You can also use the online planning system to track and monitor the progress of any application you are interested in and be notified of any changes or updates by email. Further guidance about how to use the features available can be found on the online planning system help page.

Find out more information about how decisions on a planning application are made.