Planning: General Information

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The planning system is used to make decisions about future development and the use of land in our towns, cities and countryside.

Online Planning - view and comment

You can find details of all applications submitted to the Council since 1990 (full details are  available for applications from 1998) and comment on them via the Planning Portal.

How to object or comment on a planning application.

To comment on a planning application you first need to register.

  • Once logged in, search for your desired application (e.g "Wallace High School")
  • Select the application and you will see the comment tab.
  • Your comment will be submitted and this will be available online to the public. We will not display your telephone number or email address, but your address will be shown.
  • In the advanced tab you can search by date range, you can also view the weekly/monthly lists. Viewing applications does not require you to login.  

What you can comment on

We can take into account material planning considerations. 
These cover a wide range of issues including:

  • loss of privacy
  • loss of trees
  • loss of daylight
  • visual appearance
  • traffic generation and road safety
  • noise or smell
  • development plan
  • impact on listed buildings and/or conservation areas
  • impact of increased activity   

Matters that are not material to planning application assessment and cannot be considered include:

  • requirements under building regulations or other non-planning laws such as structural stability, fire precautions or the like
  • private issues between neighbours such as party wall disputes, damage to property, private rights of ways, covenants or the like
  • loss of a view
  • property values
  • commercial competition
  • alternative types of development you might prefer

Online Planning - make an application online

Online applications are simple, save applicants time and money and are delivered to us swiftly, enabling us to start considering proposed developments sooner.

We are a partner in the programme, which is the national  the ePlanning service for Scotland.