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Public Access is the home for planning application details and you can use it to search for, view, track and comment on applications.

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Want to be notified of when a tracked application progresses? See our guide to setting up notifications below.

How do I create a weekly list of planning applications in my area?

To create a list of planning applications in your area, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Go to Public Access.
  • Step 2: The 'Weekly/Monthly Lists' tab will be selected.
  • Step 3: Select Weekly List or Monthly List as appropriate.
  • Step 4: Select your Parish or Ward.
  • Step 5: Select the week or month you wish to view applications for.
  • Step 5: Select applications that were either validated or decided that week/month.

Planning applications can take up to 2 weeks to appear on Public Access during busy periods. These will be backdated to the correct date. To make sure you pick up all relevant applications please see our guidance below.

What else can I use Public Access for?

You can use Public Access to:

  • view current and historic planning applications
  • track the progress of an application
  • get notifications when an application has been progressed
  • comment on applications - please register first
  • read comments using the "documents" tab
  • view information and progress on appeals lodged with the Planning Inspectorate
  • view property details by reference to a map
  • view enforcement notices served since 2001
  • view building control applications
  • view license applications

We recommend that you register on Public Access to get the full benefits of the service.

Why can't I see a planning application that I know has been submitted?

During busy periods, some applications can take up to 2 weeks to appear on Public Access. They may be missing from weekly lists covering the last two weeks. 

When applications are added to Public Access they are be backdated to the date received. Only weekly lists for two weeks ago or more can be confident of containing all applications.

For example:
If you ran a weekly list on 10 April for the period 1 April to 7 April you may get 20 applications.
If you ran a weekly list on 22 April for the period 1 April to 7 April you may get 25 applications.

How do I register for Public Access?

Registering for Public Access allows you to make comments on applications, keep track of particular applications, and receive email notifications of when tracked applications are progressed.

You can register for Public Access by following our simple step-by-step guide below:

  • Step 1: Go to Public Access.
  • Step 2: Select the 'Register' button above 'Planning - Weekly List',
  • Step 3: Enter your details and follow the registration instructions.
  • Step 5: Go back to Public Access.
  • Step 6: Select the 'Login' button above 'Planning - Weekly List',
  • Step 7: Enter your login details.

You are now logged in and can comment and keep track of applications.

Want to receive notifications from Public Access?

You can receive notifications from Public Access by following the steps below:

  • Step 1: Go to Public Access.
  • Step 2: Enter your login details (if you haven't already registered, see our guide above).
  • Step 3: Search for applications you would like to receive notifications for.
  • Step 4: Select the 'Track' button below the Planning - Application Summary'.

You will now be notified via email when the tracked application has any status changes.

Publishing planning documents

By searching Public Access you agree to the terms and conditions of use.

We publish planning application documents on Public Access; this includes decisions and appeals.

Public Access automatically removes some application background papers six months after decision to comply with the Data Protection Act.

To view a missing document contact us quoting the application reference number and name of the document you would like to view.

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