How Can I Comment on Planning Applications?

Making a Specific Enquiry about a Planning Application?

You can use our online Planning Application Enquiry form by clicking on the link in the Related Links section of this page. As well as your own application, this form can also be used if you wish to make an enquiry about another application, establish if an application has been made on a property or land, or if you wish to make comment on a specific application received.

Commenting on plans

Comments must be put in writing and include the name and address of the writer. Correspondence received without this information will not be considered or acknowledged. Representations may be delivered by post or hand to the Head of Regeneration and Planning at the Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square, Greenock, by e-mail to devcont.planning@inverclyde.gov.uk or via the Inverclyde Planning Online link.

Comments should be submitted within the time period specified in the neighbour notification form or in press or site notices to ensure that they are considered, because after this date the application may be determined. Clearly some applications take longer to deal with and others will require to be determined by the Planning Board.  In the case of the latter, letters will only be considered if they are received 14 clear days in advance of the Board first meeting to consider the application.

In the first instance, all letters of representation on a planning application are not made available for public inspection or published online. However, representations cannot be treated as confidential and may become available for public inspection or be published online or require to be made available or published online (1) under the Freedom of Information legislation; (2) if an appeal is submitted to the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals; or (3) if an application for review is submitted to the Local Review Body. In order to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, we will remove personal email addresses, personal telephone numbers and signatures from any representations submitted to us. We will also do our utmost to ensure the removal of sensitive personal information (for example, relating to criminal history or health) where such information is provided as part of any representation.

Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS) is an independent organisation which offers a free and impartial planning helpline (0845 603 7602) to members of the public wishing advice on commenting on planning applications. Advice is provided by volunteers, all of whom are qualified planners. PAS also offers a series of planning information sheets online.

Page last updated: 4 April 2016