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Planning and Building Standards

3. Commenting on an application

The public have a minimum period of 21 days in which to submit any comments to the council. In practice, where the decision is delegated to council officers, we accept comments up until the day that any planning application is decided. Where the decision is to be made by the Planning Applications Committee, we accept comments up until the date that the committee report is completed i.e. no later than the Tuesday of the week before the committee meeting takes place. You can comment using our online planning system; by email; or by letter.

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Spiersbridge Business Park,
East Renfrewshire.
G46 8NG
Tel: 0141 577 3001

Why are people allowed to comment on a planning application?

The purpose of the public being able to comment on a planning application is so that people can give their views on the proposal to the council, and for the council to assess these. As the council receives so many representations to planning applications, we cannot engage in discussions with, or answer questions on matters submitted within a representation. We also do not wish to pre-empt the final decision on the application.

What comments can be made?

Comments submitted should relate to planning, environmental or amenity matters and must reasonably relate to the application under consideration. There are a range of matters that we cannot take into account, including the loss of value of neighbouring properties and the loss of a private view.

Can comments be seen by the applicant and other members of the public?

We do not put comments and representations online although they will still be 'public' and people, including the applicant, can come to the planning office to see them. It is advisable for people to make an appointment to view representations so that documents can be looked out in advance. All comments received by the council before a decision is made will be acknowledged and taken into account.

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