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Guide to commenting on planning applications

Find out how to comment on planning applications that affect you.
Extended consultation period

The Council has temporarily increased the standard time to comment on full planning applications to 28 days due to current postal service delays in the Lewisham area.

This will be kept under review and does not affect applications for ‘prior approval’ where consultation requirements are set by Government legislation.

You can comment on planning applications in the borough. Your views can help us reach a balanced view about whether or not to grant planning permission to a proposal.

You can comment on any planning application except for:

  • lawful development certificates
  • approval of details
  • advert consent
  • non-material amendment applications
  • EIA screening.

Check the type of a planning application before you make a comment.

How to comment

You can comment on a planning application online, by email or in writing.

In your comment, you should include:

  • the application number or site address
  • your name and address
  • the date of your comment.

After we receive your comment, the planning committee and planning officers will review it.

Make a comment online

The quickest and easiest way to comment is online. If you make a comment online, we will acknowledge we have received it within two working days.

Make a comment by email

Email your comment to planning@lewisham.gov.uk

Make a comment in writing

Send your comment in writing to:

Planning Department
Lewisham Council
Laurence House
Catford Road
London SE6 4RU

Type your letter or make sure your handwriting is easy to read.

What you should comment about

We will consider comments about:

  • noise

  • impact on amenity (e.g. light, privacy, outlook)

  • conservation areas

  • design or appearance of the development

  • highway safety

  • traffic and parking issues

  • wildlife impact

  • planning site history

  • compatibility with other uses in the area.

Invalid comments

We will not consider comments about:

  • loss of value to property
  • boundary disputes or ownership issues
  • noise from construction
  • loss of view
  • issues of a moral or religious nature
  • health and safety risks.

Offensive and abusive content

Your objections or supporting comments on applications must be:

  • rational
  • impersonal
  • only about the planning issues raised by the proposal.

We cannot be held responsible for your comments on planning applications. This includes content that is personal, slanderous, libellous, defamatory, or otherwise offensive or abusive.This sort of comment is not constructive or helpful to us in coming to a decision on an application.

We may take further action if you make slanderous, libellous or defamatory remarks about us in a comment.

Time periods for commenting on applications

You usually have 24 days from the date that the planning proposal is published to make a comment.

However this can vary, so you should check the notification publicity, letter or site notice for confirmation of the time you have to make your comment.

We will take all valid comments into account up until the application has been decided.

What happens when you comment on a planning application

We will acknowledge receipt of your comments by email or by letter, but we will not respond to your individual comments.

Apart from acknowledging receipt of your comment, we will not contact you again unless:

  • significant changes have been made to the development proposal, requiring re-consultation (repeat consultation may have a shorter time period)
  • we are notifying you that the application will be heard at a planning committee
  • a decision has been made.

Your privacy

To find out how your information will be used, see our privacy statement.