Guide to commenting on planning applications

We welcome your involvement in the planning process and will consider your objections, support or comments.

This guide aims to help you make relevant comments on planning applications that have been submitted. You can also speak to your town or parish council.

What to include in your objection or support

We have a statutory duty to take into account the Local plan and any other material considerations.

These might include issues such as:

  • loss of light
  • overlooking / loss of privacy
  • parking / loading / turning issues
  • increase in traffic 
  • noise and disturbance
  • loss of trees
  • road access
  • proposals in the local plan
  • previous appeal decisions
  • local, strategic, regional and national planning policies.

What cannot be considered 

  • matters controlled under building regulations or other non-planning laws 
  • private issues between neighbours 
  • loss of value of property
  • problems with the construction period of any works
  • unproven health implications.

PLEASE NOTE: You should not be concerned if yours is the only comment received. It is the points, particularly regarding material considerations, that are raised, rather than the number of comments, which are important in the Case Officer's assessment of the application and the final decision.

Deadlines for commenting on a planning application

Please check the deadline for comments on the planning application record in the Planning applications online enquiry system.

Planning committee meetings

For planning applications due to be heard by a planning committee, you need to send us your late comments by 5pm, three working days before the committee meeting.   

Later comments will not be reported unless new material considerations not previously considered are raised and could feature in a supplementary report.

See dates of council and committee meetings.

Submit your comments online

Please note that there is a limitation in the number of characters that you can use for a comment made via the website. This limit is 5,000 characters, however, if you  cut and paste from a Word document into the comment box, this number is reduced.

You will receive an error message if you breach the character limit.

If you would like to make a longer comment or attach a document to your comment then please either email or write to us at

Waverley Borough Council, Planning Service, The Burys, Godalming. GU7 1HR 

Please quote the reference number of the application, the site address and remember to include your name and full address in any comment for it to be considered.

Planning applications online enquiry system

See also How to view and comment on planning applications.

Page owner: Ben Hammond. Last updated: 03/04/2019 14:48

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