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See or comment on planning applications

Before searching for or commenting on a planning application please read the information below and tick the box to proceed.

How to see or comment on an application

You can search by address, or see all applications made between two dates. You can also search using a map. By registering on the following page you can track the progress of a live application or receive notifications of new applications within a spatial area.

To comment on a planning application you will need to register, which will update our system automatically and make them available for an officer.

To register, click Register on the next page.

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.

How we process your information

If you send us a comment on a planning application we will collect your name, postal address and contact details (i.e. email address or phone number if provided) and in the interests of transparency your comment will be published on our website.

We will use your personal information to notify you about the progress of the planning application. If you provide your email address you will receive the notification by email.

We will not publish your name, phone number or email address online.

We will publish online:

  • your address
  • your comment, in full and unmoderated

You are responsible for the content of your comment. Please ensure that your comment does not contain any information you do not want to appear online (e.g. personal information), foul or abusive language, or inappropriate or defamatory comments.

If you are submitting types of information, comments or allegations which you think should be treated confidentially or specifically withheld from the public register in part or in full, please send them using one of the following methods:

You must make it clear that you would like the comment to be treated confidentially (e.g. by writing confidential in the email subject line or at the top of the letter) and include the reference number of the application you are commenting on. If you do not clearly mark your comment as confidential it will be published on our website along with your address.

If you submit a comment marked as 'confidential' it will still be published on our website and held on the planning register, but we will amend your email/letter to remove your personal data and any special category data. This means that the content of your comment will be published online but your address will be amended and will not be published online (and your name, email address and phone number will also be amended as normal).

If you have already submitted a comment and no longer want it to be displayed online, let us know and we will remove it in line with our take down policy. If you are concerned about the content of someone else's comment please let us know and we will investigate.

For further information please refer to our privacy notice and take down policy.

Please note that we do not respond to comments or to questions raised in them.

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 and Safety at Work Act.


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