How planning consultation works

All applications are available for inspection at the Council Offices, Station Road East, Oxted between 8.30am-5pm on Monday to Thursday and 8.30am 4.30pm on Fridays or on the website.

If you don't have access to the internet at home, your local library may provide access.

Some applications may also be viewed locally by arrangement and you should contact your parish or village council for further information.

Please note that we are currently experiencing delays in making plans and other documents for planning applications available to view online. We are aware of this issue and working to resolve it. Timescales for making comments will be adjusted accordingly and comments should continue to be submitted in the usual way.

Public consultation

We invite comments on all planning applications made within the district by:

  • Consulting neighbours by letter.
  • Asking applicants to post a notice on the application site describing the proposal.
  • Publishing notices of certain applications, such as those within a conservation area, in the local paper.
  • Consulting as with county, parish or village councils, the Environment Agency etc.
  • Allowing public speaking by the applicant/agent, an objector and a representative of the parish council at committee meetings.

Commenting on planning applications

Comments should be made in writing within 24 days of the date of notification, unless otherwise stated. A decision will not be made during this time. We will take account of all comments made up to the time of a decision. Comments can be made either:

  • Through the application on the website.
  • By e-mail to
  • By letter to the Council Offices, Station Road East, Oxted, Surrey RH8 OBT.

Please address your comments to the Strategic Director of Place quoting the application number eg TA/2013/123.

No correspondence will be entered into about the merits of a planning application and comments won’t be acknowledged. Planning officers can’t give any more information apart from what is included in the application.

Comments will be made available for public inspection and copying. Any comments marked confidential or made anonymously may not be taken into account.

Comments on live planning applications will be published on this website. Anything that might lead to offense or action for defamation may result in non-publication or redaction so please ensure any comments are restricted to planning matters only.

Delegated decisions

The Strategic Director of Place or other authorised planning officers consider and make the decisions on most planning applications received by the Council, even if they are the subject of objections by the public or other bodies.

Any applicant or objector can approach their ward councillor to ask for an application to be referred to the Planning Committee. This will be at the discretion of the Strategic Director of Place, in conjunction with the Chairman.

Planning appeals

In the event of an appeal against the Council's decision, your comments will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate and the applicant as part of the appeal process.

You may also be invited to comment further, as well as attend a Public Inquiry or Informal Hearing (usually held at the Council Offices, Oxted) to make your views known in person to an independent Planning Inspector, who is appointed to act on behalf of the Secretary of State in making the decision.