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Guide to Commenting on Planning Applications

posted 18 Nov 2016, 05:15 by Communications TEAM
The following is a guide on how to comment on a planning application. This is based on information from the Stirling Council website. 

Viewing and commenting on planning applications
Public Access is Stirling Council’s online service which allows you to view and comment on any planning application which has been submitted to the Council.
You can: 
track the progress of an application through the system
comment on current planning applications
view details of all applications
check on appeals lodged and decisions made
view plans and documents

Viewing applications in the office
Current planning applications can also be viewed from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday at Teith House, Kerse Road, Stirling, FK7 7QA. In order to avoid possible waiting time, it is recommended that you phone ahead and arrange a viewing time. Telephone 01786 233660.

Will people see your comments?
It should be understood that any comments made cannot be treated as confidential and that any letters of representation including all address details (but not signatures, personal 'phone numbers or personal e-mail addresses) will be treated as public documents and will be displayed and will be available for anyone to view. 

Object or comment on a planning application. 
To comment on a planning application you first need to register. Once you are logged in, search for the application (e.g "Cornton Level Crossing") then select the application and you will see the comment tab. You can also follow the link that will be provided by the Community Council. 
Your comment will be submitted to the planning authority and made available online to the public. The Council will not display your telephone number or email address, but your address will be shown. 

A postal letter can also be used to comment or object to a planning application. Your letter will be made available online on the planning portal, however, as above the Council will not display your telephone number or email address, but your address will be shown. The postal address for the planning department is as follows:

Stirling Council 
Planning Services
Teith House
Kerse Road Stirling 
FK7 7QA

What you can comment on
The planning authority can only take into account material planning considerations.  These cover a wide range of issues including:
loss of privacy 
loss of trees 
loss of daylight 
visual appearance 
traffic generation and road safety 
noise or smell 
what the development plan says 
impact on listed buildings and/or conservation areas 
impact of increased activity    

Matters that are not material to planning application assessment and cannot be considered include:
requirements under building regulations or other non-planning laws such as structural stability, fire precautions or the like 
private issues between neighbours such as party wall disputes, damage to property, private rights of ways, covenants or the like 
loss of a view 
property values 
commercial competition 
alternative types of development you might prefer 

NB - It is important to note that the window of opportunity to make comments on any planning application is finite. When the application is posted on the website, information about the timeframe for submitting comments will be included. 

On behalf of Bridge of Allan Community Council
November 2016

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