Please note: We have recently upgraded the planning application software and planning application search website. This will have an impact on the processing of applications and information available on the website for several weeks. In addition, due to the transfer to the new planning search website, there may a limited period where comments received before 6 December 2017 may not be displayed on the website. Please be assured that we are working towards rectifying this as soon as we can.
We are also currently experiencing technical difficulties with the submission of online public comments. Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, please quote the application reference number on the email.
We apologise for any disruption to our service.
The Planning Application search pages enable you to search for recent and historic planning applications that have been registered and determined by North Hertfordshire District Council.
You will need to register to save searches, track and comment on applications, and receive email notifications. This process should take around five minutes. You just need to add your name, address and contact email address. The user guide provides step by step instructions, but if you have any further enquiries then please call us on 01462 474000 or email email@example.com .
This site contains details of planning applications registered from 31/12/1973 to date, but it is not intended to replace the Council’s statutory register of planning applications.
Documents are published online for the purpose of inspection in connection with planning applications and in accordance with the Council fulfilling its statutory obligations. Use of any copy documents may be restricted by law and the Council may not be entitled to give, and does not give permission for use of these copies for any purpose.
Commenting on a planning application
We welcome your views on planning applications and the quickest way to comment is to submit your comments online.
If you are submitting your comments using the online form, please be advised that the screen will ‘time-out’ after a period of time. To avoid this we would suggest drafting your comments in another application first and then copy and paste them into the comment box of the form.
Alternatively you can submit your comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to PO Box 10613, NG6 6DH, ensuring you include the application reference number as well as your name and address.
When we write to inform you of a proposal, you will normally have 21 days to comment.
Please be aware that if you make a comment on an application it will be made publicly available to view on the Council's website. This will include your name and address, but we will not display your signature, telephone number or email address.
Please note that the Council, in its absolute discretion, reserves the right not to consider or include comments which are inappropriate including:
- comments of a discriminatory nature (age, gender, disability, ethnicity, religious belief and sexual orientation) including racist and homophobic comments;
- inflammatory, offensive or libellous comments; or
- any other comments of a similar nature that it deems inappropriate.
If comments are received which contain inappropriate content as listed above, they will be removed from the website and not taken into account. In these circumstances you will be given an opportunity to resubmit your comments using more appropriate language so that they can be considered as part of the planning application process.
Increasingly, comments and objections are posted onto social media web pages and online petitions. There are a wide variety of social media pages and groups of which the council is not necessarily aware e.g. private Facebook groups and does not have the resources to monitor the activity on these sites. Comments and objections made in this way therefore will not be taken into account when formally considering all the representations made in response to an application, unless they have been formally submitted to the Council. Comments made on the Council’s own Twitter feed and Facebook page will be monitored but will not be taken as formal representations.
What can you comment on?
You can support or object to a proposal, but you should bear in mind that planning applications can only be decided on the basis of planning issues, such as:
- the effect on neighbours’ daylight, sunlight or privacy
- the impact of traffic, road access, parking and servicing
- the appearance, bulk or height of the scheme
- the impact on amenity such as noise generated by the proposal
- the potential loss of a valued local service or use such as a shop or a residential flat
The Council cannot however consider non-planning issues such as:
- the effect on property values
- competition between rival businesses
- party wall disputes and fire escape matters
- moral and religious issues