Applying and guidance for planning applications

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6. How do I comment on a planning application?

Comments can be made whilst viewing the application online until the decision is made.

Only planning related matters can be considered and any comments which we consider to be inappropriate will be removed before publication. Inappropriate comments include those which are racist, sexist, xenophobic, defamatory, prejudiced or otherwise likely to cause offence to the subject of the comments or any other reader. If an application attracts, or is likely to attract a lot of inappropriate comments we may publish a summary of comments on our website instead of individual letters. However we may still share the full comments on request.

Any petitions will be displayed on the website without the list of names/addresses/signatures. Only the name and address of the lead person/organiser will be recorded and used for contact purposes. The same applies to pre-filled letters where the only one copy of the letter will be placed on our website under the heading of Bulk Letters showing the number of copies received.

We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected by adhering to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).   Any personal information provided will be used by us solely for the purpose of determining the planning proposal on which you are commenting and contacting you regarding this. Your personal data will be processed in accordance with our full privacy policy.

Your name and address and comments will be available to the general public via the website. Any signatures, personal email addresses and personal contact numbers will not be viewable online but will be recorded on our planning database and will be available to Teignbridge staff.

Any medical information submitted will be redacted unless there is exceptionally a legitimate reason for this special category of data to be processed.

Your comments will be included within the officer’s report (either verbatim or in essence).  If the application is refused and goes to appeal your name and address will be sent to the Planning Inspectorate and to the appellant.