Please address your comments to the Chief Planning Officer quoting the application number eg TA/2013/1234. When you enter the planning application in the search box on our website please don't include TA/ but use the two sets of four digits as set out on the consultation letter/advert, as highlighted in bold above for example and separated by the /.
Planning officers will not respond to questions raised in consultation responses or acknowledge receipt of comments received. However, your comments will be published on our website which confirms receipt.
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, 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 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 and Vice Chairs. A councillor request does not guarantee the application will be taken to the committee.
In the event of an appeal against our decision or the non-determination of an application, 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.