Please address your comments to the Chief Planning Officer quoting the application number e.g. TA/2013/1234. Please note that when you enter the planning application in the search facility on our website that you do not include TA/ but just input the four digits of the year, follow by / and then the end numbers.
No correspondence will be entered into about the merits of a planning application and comments will not 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.
The Chief Planning Officer 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. Whether the referral then leads to the application being taken to the Planning Committee will be at the discretion of the Chief Planning Officer, in conjunction with the Chairman; a Councillor request does not guarantee that the application will follow this course.
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.