Comment on planning applications

Who can see your comments?

Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Data Protection

As the Local Planning Authority, Lancaster City Council collects, processes and stores personal information about you in order to administer and assess planning applications, and to fulfil certain legal obligations with respect to planning.  To find out more about how we process your data please refer to the Council’s Privacy Policy for Planning.

Comments on planning applications form part of the statutory register of planning applications, including the name of the person making the comment and their address. The register must be made available for viewing at all reasonable times. We discharge this responsibility by making planning application information available online.

Comments submitted on planning applications will be available for public viewing and will be made available on this website. You may therefore wish to take the following steps to protect your personal information:

  • Do not include signatures on letters
  • Do not include any telephone numbers on letters, or leave blank the relevant field on the comments form
  • When submitting comments via email, send your comments as an attachment so that we do not have to publish your email address

If you do not include your name and address your comments will be regarded as anonymous. Anonymous comments will carry significantly less weight, and may be disregarded when the application is being considered.

If you wish to comment on an application but due to your personal circumstances do not want your comments and/or name and address made available to the public, please contact the Planning Advice Team on 01524 582950 or email to discuss this before submitting your comments. Details can only be withheld where it is considered that there is a legitimate reason to do so and that reason would be sufficient to warrant an exemption to the publication of the information under the Freedom of Information Act.

We are unable to acknowledge comments made (unless submitted online) or enter into any correspondence about an application with interested parties.

Last updated: 10 May 2018