Comment or search for a planning application

View, comment on and object to a current planning application. You can also find a decision and look up details of individual applications back to 1989 using this search.

Our Public Access system for planning provides is an easy way to find out about how any planning application is progressing.

View planning applications


Search for, object or comment on an application

You can search for, view, object to or comment on any planning application online. You will also be able to see application forms, plans, decision notices, appeal documents and other document submitted as a part of the application. Please note that any comments made will be available publicly. However, we take steps to ensure personal phone numbers, personal emails and signatures are not viewable.

Guidance on using our online planning system to comment on an application

Application codes and descriptions


Guidance on what issues can be considered

When the Council receives a planning application for development, it has to decide whether to grant or refuse planning permission. Residents and businesses can submit any comments that they would like the Council to take into account when it makes its decision about the application.

What issues can be considered



Plans, drawings and material submitted to the council are protected by the copyright acts (section 47, 1988). You may only use material which is downloaded and/or printed for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without prior permission of the copyright owner.


You can find out if a decision has been made on a planning application by using the application search facility. Any decision will be shown in the Status box. Supporting documents, such as Decision Notices are viewable from the Documents tab. It is also possible to search for decisions by using the Advanced Search option. Enter the appropriate Reference Numbers or Application Details and select the decision option from the drop down menu in the Status box. You can then search for all decisions for a single application or those in a given area.

View planning decisions


Receive email alerts on planning applications in your area

By signing up to our email alert system, you will receive planning application notifications within a specified distance around your property.

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Part II Planning Register

Decisions on applications made prior to 1989 can also be found on the Planning Application search. Plans and associated documents relating to any application prior made to 1989 are available to view on microfilm at the Council Offices in Saffron Walden.