View and comment on planning applications

View and comment on planning applications

Our guide to commenting on planning applications outlines how to ensure you make a valid comment.

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  • reproduction
  • modification
  • commercial exploitation

of the content is unlawful and may be subject to legal proceedings by the copyright owner.

The public can get involved in major development proposals before a planning application is submitted.

Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) also offers a free, impartial and confidential planning advice service, provided by specialist volunteers, all of whom are chartered planners.

What you can comment on

Comments which are relevant to planning issues, such as

  • traffic and parking
  • appearance of the area
  • impact on a conservation area
  • setting or character of a listed building
  • loss of significant landscape features
  • noise and disturbance
  • effect of cooking odours
  • loss of sunlight or daylight
  • overshadowing
  • privacy.

These are known as material considerations.

We cannot consider comments on non relevant planning issues, such as

  • loss of private view
  • effect of the development on property values
  • building regulation matters
  • racist remarks.

Your comments cannot be treated as confidential. Our privacy notice  sets out what happens to your details when you submit comments. You should note that your

  • name
  • address
  • stance

will be published on the public comments tab of the planning portal once a decision is made on the application.

We also have guidance on how to search, view and comment on applications