Object or comment on an application

The Publicity for Planning Applications document explains how we will publicise and consult on planning and other related applications, according to planning legislation.

You can comment on or object to any planning application, which is yet to be decided, whether it directly affects you or not, even if you haven't received a letter notifying you of the planning application.

The first thing you need to is to check the plans on the Online Planning Register

Why should I object or comment on an application?

If you have strong feelings for or against the application you can make them known but your comment or objection must be on planning grounds.

How long do I have to object or comment on an application?

You have 21 days from the date the site notice is displayed at the site.

I want to object or comment to an application

We will only consider comments or objections that are 'material' and relevant to planning. For example:

  • Principle - If you feel that the very nature of the proposal is inappropriate and that the use of land/property should not change.
  • Overlooking - The proposal would lead to previously private areas being overlooked.
  • Overshadowing - The height or proximity of the development would be such that unreasonable overshadowing would occur.
  • Disturbance - There would be unacceptable intrusion in the form of noise nuisance, general disturbance, odour.
  • Overbearing - The scale of the works means that the property/premises has an oppressive impact on surrounding areas/houses.
  • Out-of-character - If the design of the development, its scale and use, is such that it appears to be out-of character with its surroundings.
  • Road Safety - The development may lead to a significant impact upon road safety.

We will not consider:

  • Issues covered by other legislation;
  • Encroachment onto another person’s land;
  • Loss of value to a property, loss of view, and potential difficulties in property maintenance;
  • Private interests of objectors, the effect of the proposal on property values and competition between rival companies.

You can find out more about commenting on a proposed development by going to having your say on the Planning Portal.

How can I object or comment?

Your comments/objections must be in writing to either:

  • Email: devcontrol@wakefield.gov.uk
  • Write to: 
    Planning Services
    Development Management
    Wakefield Council
    Wakefield One
    PO Box 700
    Wakefield
    WF1 2EB

Or you can record your comments online directly into our online Planning Register. To do this you will need to register. Registering provides other online benefits such as:

  • Tracking live planning applications
  • New planning applications
  • Alerts when the status of an application changes (Pending to Determined etc.)

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Who will see my objection or comment?

Please be aware that all comments submitted by you are a matter of Public Record and will be placed on our website for inspection by the public.

  • DO NOT include your signature
  • DO NOT include your phone number
  • DO NOT include any other information you are unwilling to publish on the Internet
  • DO NOT include comments of a personal, slanderous, defamatory, or otherwise offensive or abusive nature as these may result in actions for libel
  • DO include your surname, initials and address

If the comments are considered to be defamatory, frivolous or offensive, amount to a criminal act, or bring the Council into disrepute, they will be immediately removed in accordance with the law, including the Defamation Act 2013.

If you make these sort of comments, you could face legal action from the Council or the individual about whom the comment is being made.

We will only consider comments which include a name and postal address as we may need to contact you.

We will not acknowledge your comments, but any comments we receive will be displayed on Public Access.

How do I know my view will be taken into account?

Your views will be considered and all comments/objections will be summarized in the Officers report on the application.

Who will make the decision on the application?

Most applications are decided by planning officers who have been given delegated powers to do so. However some applications will be decided by planning committee.

Can I speak at the Planning Committee meeting?

Yes, one person (usually the applicant - or their agent/representative) may speak in support of the application, and one objector (or representative of a group of objectors) may speak against the application. Each will normally be allowed three minutes to make their case. If you or your representative wish to speak at the meeting you must register no later than 12 noon on the day before the Committee by ringing Planning Services on 01924 306606.​

What decision can be made?

  • Approved, possibly with conditions
  • Refused
  • Deferred to enable amendments or further information to be submitted
  • Deferred to enable the Planning Committee to visit the site.

How will I know the outcome for planning applications?

A copy of the decision notice will be published on the Planning Register.

Contact us

Planning Services

Development Management
Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

0345 8 506 506