How we deal with planning applications
The Statement of Community Involvement sets out how the community are consulted on planning applications.
Comment on a planning application
You can search for a planning application and make a comment on our planing portal:
Acknowledging your comments
You will receive an acknowledgement in response to submitting comments on-line.
If you have commented on an application (or if you were originally notified of the proposal) and a decision is to be made by the Planning Committee (rather than by the Head of Planning Services) you will be informed of the meeting date.
Speak at committee
Some planning applications are heard by the Planning Committee.
Any letters submitted are open to be viewed and copied by the applicant or other members of the public and as such cannot be treated as confidential or kept private. This is to conform with the requirements of Section 100(1) of the Local Government Act 1972.
Taking account of your views
The Council takes into account all representations it receives, but it can only make its decision on planning grounds.
By law, certain matters must be considered. This is not a definitive list but they include:
- Local Planning Policies - the Oldham Local Plan sets out the Council's planning policies.
- Government advice as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), National Planning Policy Guidance and regional planning guidance.
- Comments from neighbours.
- Comments from consultees.
The Council can only take into account those comments that are directly relevant to the planning process such as:
- Loss of amenity
- Traffic issues
Matters that cannot be taken into account include:
- Reduction in property values
- Loss of views
- Private rights of way
- Ownership matters
- Disturbance during construction
These are issues that should be pursued separately, either as a private legal matter or through other legislation.