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How do I view and comment on a planning application or appeal?

How do I get information about a planning application, appeal or decision? Planning Applications
You can view full details of current planning applications and appeals, and more limited information on past decisions on our website (See below). We aim to upload planning applications within five working days, and comments received and decisions made within two working days.

Planning History
Please note, you cannot obtain a full planning history of a site via these pages. If you require a full history please email

Copyright Notice
Plans, drawings and material submitted to the council are protected by the Copyright Acts (Section 47, 1988 Act).  You may only use material which is downloaded and /or printed for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans.  Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner.

How to View or Comment on a Planning Application
You can view applications online but you must abide by the terms of the copyright notice above.

You can submit comments online but your full name and postal address will be visible on the Council's planning file and public website and the contents of your comment will be available in full.

By following this link, I agree to my full name and postal address and the full nature of my comment being viewable on the Council public website and I confirm I have read and agree to abide by the terms of the copyright notice.

Paper copies can be inspected by prior arrangement at our Lyndhurst office.

Since August 2008 the Council has taken all reasonable steps to remove personal, but not business, phone numbers, email addresses and signatures from items on our website. If you wish personal information to be removed from documents preceding that date please contact the Assistant Data Protection Officer.

Planning applications over 10 years old will only have limited information published on the website. The full available contents can be inspected by prior arrangement at our offices.

All comments received are placed on a public file, are available via our website with personal data (see above) removed and will be copied to the Planning Inspectorate and Appellant if an appeal is lodged. Comments deemed inappropriate and/or offensive will not be displayed on the website. When making comments you must include your full name and postal address as anonymous representations will not be considered.

Further information on planning applications is available from the Planning Portal.

All objections and comments must be made by the date in any notification letter you received from us, on the site notice or on our website. No action can be taken on letters that are sent in confidence. If there has been any previous planning application made regarding a particular site that you have commented on, whilst they will be considered, your comments will not be formally taken on board as part of this new planning application.  You will need to comment on the current application.

Planning Appeals
Planning appeals can be lodged against a refusal of permission, the imposition of conditions, when a decision has not been made in time and when an enforcement notice has been served.
Further guidance on appeals is available from the Planning Inspectorate.

How to Search for Planning Appeal
You can undertake a search for a planning appeal online and you can access a monthly Appeals Information Bulletin detailing the latest appeals received and decisions made. You must abide by the terms of the copyright notice above.

I have read and agree to abide by the terms of this copyright notice - Planning Appeals Online.

How to Track a Planning Application
You can register to follow the progress of an application. The NFDC Planning Online website has the ability to notify you when the status of a planning application has been updated.
In order to use this facility, you must have registered on the Planning Online pages and be logged in. Registration is free, just click the Register button from any page and follow the instructions.

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Please note we do not have a Duty Officer available to answer general planning queries. Our most routinely asked questions and the responses given can be viewed here.

The Planning Services Privacy Notice can be read here.

New Forest District Council Privacy Notice can be read here.

Updated: 15 Nov 2019
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