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See or comment on planning applications


Documents for all planning applications (both live and determined) within the Cheshire West and Chester Council boundary since 1974, and also enforcement and breach of condition notices that have been issued since 2001, are available on the website. This comprises the ‘planning register’. It includes applications determined by Chester City Council, Ellesmere Port and Neston Council, Vale Royal Borough Council and Cheshire County Council.

If you require any information from between 1948 and 1974 please contact us using our enquiry form:

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Matters taken into account

Only matters relevant to planning control can be taken into account reaching a decision, for example:

  • the appearance and character of the area or street, including the design and materials of buildings
  • other environmental issues such as noise
  • traffic and road safety
  • employment and the local economy
  • impact on public services
  • impact of a building on the amenity of neighbouring properties, for example privacy or physical effect of the building.

Matters not taken into account

We cannot normally consider the following matters:

  • the fact that development may have already begun
  • 'trade objections' from potential competitors
  • moral arguments for example opposition to betting shops or amusement arcades
  • the belief that an application is submitted with the intention of selling the property at an enhanced value
  • the loss of an attractive view from private property
  • the fear that a nearby house might be devalued
  • the fact that the applicant does not own the land
  • allegations that a proposal might affect private rights, such as restrictive covenants or rights of way. Such rights will not be affected by a grant of planning permission.
  • the fear that a building may be used for a different purpose in the course of time.
  • the personal circumstances of the applicant as sometimes put forward in support of an application as these will unlikely outweigh the more general planning consideration.
  • matters covered by other legislation e.g. Building Regulations or the Health & Safety at Work Act.