How to comment on an application?
For the majority of applications, anyone can make a comment on a planning application whilst the consultation period is open. You do not need to have received a letter inviting your comments, have a direct interest in a proposal or be an adjoining owner or occupant. All comments must be in writing and submitted preferably by email or online.
We are pleased to receive your comments in respect of live applications but please note we do not respond to these letters, emails or questions raised in them. Many queries regarding the planning application process can be found on our web site. The case officer will note your comment(s) in the report and have regard to the points you have raised in their assessment of the application.
Further guidance can be found in our leaflet 'Planning Applications - Comments and Objections'. Please note that since the publication of this leaflet, the council has changed some of its processes and its address. Firstly, the council will notify neighbours during the relevant stage of the application process, normally through the erection of a site notice near the application site. Secondly, when a press notice is required, this is now done through Hastings Independent Press. Thirdly, applications can be viewed at the council offices the address for which is Muriel Matters, Breeds Place, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3UY or the Customer Contact Centre at the Town Hall. Fourthly, we are no longer able to receive comments by fax.
If you want to speak at committee, full instructions can be found on our website.
- Applications will be considered at Planning Committee in the following circumstances:
- Five or more letters of objection from different households or businesses are received and the application is recommend for approval;
- A petition which meets the criteria listed below (*) is received and the application is recommend for approval;
- The application is called in by the Chair of the Planning Committee or any member of the Council, with the approval of either the Chair of Planning Committee or the relevant Ward Councillor, within 21 days of the application being registered.
*A petition should be received at least three clear working days before the Planning Committee considering the item is due to sit. For example, if the Planning Committee was held on a Wednesday, a petition should be received by the Council by 3pm on the previous Friday. A standard form of petition is available to view on the Council's website. Petitions must contain a minimum of ten signatories supporting the motion as set out in the petition. Each page of the petition must clearly state the application to which it is referring and also give the reasons for the objection. Petitions must contain original signatures, photocopies are not accepted.
Subject to meeting the above criteria, the person presenting the petition is invited to speak for up to a maximum of five minutes and may be asked questions by Members of the Planning Committee.
Only the petitioner's representative and the applicant will be told when the application will go before the Planning Committee.
We have attached below links to some helpful websites and documents that explain what the planning process is for and how some of the more technical parts are interpreted.
- Planning Aid (England) - offers free, independent, professional advice on planning issues
- The Planning Portal
- National Planning practice Guidance is now available entirely online in a usable and accessible way. Important information for any user of the planning system previously only published in separate documents can now be found quickly and simply. You can link easily between the National Planning Policy Framework and the National Planning practice Guidance, as well as between different categories of guidance.
The Planning Process - a step by step guide