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Coronavirus information (Planning)

Due to coronavirus we are having to make some changes to our usual service:

How we deal with planning applications

The Statement of Community Involvement sets out how the community are consulted on planning applications.

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) 2020 extract 

If you are unhappy with a planning application (perhaps because of noise, privacy or traffic issues) you can comment on or object to a planning application.

In writing

You must submit your comments within 21 days of the date of the notification letter, site notice or press advertisement.

Address your letter to the Planning Team.


Search for an application, then log in and make a comment.

Speak at committee

Some planning applications are heard by the Planning Committee.

Acknowledging your comments

The Council does not acknowledge comments in writing because of the number of comments received.

However, 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.


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 written 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 Unitary Development Plan (UDP) sets out the Council's planning policies
  • Government Advice as set out in circulars, planning policy guidance notes/statements (PPGs/PPSs) 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
  • Privacy
  • Outlook
  • Traffic issues
  • Noise
  • Nuisance

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.