You cannot effectively object to a development unless you research and review the planning application. You can’t object on general grounds (see: ‘Material Planning Matters’). You need to access the actual application for permission to develop the land, and review the applicant’s plans.
South Hams District and Devon County Councils (the Local Planning Authorities – LPAs) maintain a public register of planning applications. The register is physically stored at their planning office and is also available through their website.
There is no national centralized database of planning applications. Notice of new planning applications are often published in the local newspaper as well.
The planning register must, at a minimum, include the application number, information about the developers, the planning application form, and all supporting drawings, plans, maps, elevations, tree surveys, Design and Access Statements, Officers Reports, and letters of representation from members of the public.
Protecting and Enhancing – Resources:
A ‘gold mine’ of planning information and guidance:
Planning file search:
You need the planning application number – and can post a letter online via the search page.
South Hams District Council
Email to planning: firstname.lastname@example.org
Devon County Council
Email to planning: email@example.com
Friends of the Earth Guides: