View or comment on planning applications

Planning applications aren't confidential; we publicise them to give interested parties a chance to view and comment on them. We call these comments representations.

We may post notices near to the site where the proposed work will take place or write to those who live along the boundaries of the site. For large scale development proposals, we'll also advertise them in the local newspaper.

View planning applications

You can view all planning applications and their supporting documents on Planning Explorer. You can also view planning applications on a map.

Stakeholder comments

We invite relevant stakeholders and interested groups, and statutory and non statutory consultees to comment on applications. 

  • Statutory consultees are organisations and bodies who must be consulted on relevant planning applications, including the Environment Agency, Natural England, English Heritage and the Highways Agency. Other bodies include local highway and planning authorities, and organisations with very specific interests, such as the Theatres Trust.

    If you're a developer, it may be useful to contact these bodies for advice before you submit your planning application.

  • Non-statutory consultees are organisations and bodies, identified in national planning policy, who should be consulted on relevant planning applications. These include some bodies who are also statutory consultees (for example English Heritage and English Nature) and others that aren't, such as the police architectural liaison officers.

How you can comment on planning applications

We can only accept your comments (representations) in writing. You can do this in the following ways:

  • through Planning Explorer
  • email us
  • write to Planning Development Management, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG (please quote the planning application reference number)

Make sure you've looked at the application form and plans before making any comments.

You should also be aware that, by law, we have to make all comments we receive publicly available, including the name and address of the person who made the comment. Any member of the public (including the person who applied for the planning permission) can ask to see or copy the comments.

What we'll do 

We won't acknowledge your letter or email, but we'll consider your comments and the decision will be published on Planning Explorer when made.

We'll only take into account planning matters, such as the effect of the proposal on the enjoyment of your home or garden, on the appearance of the surrounding area, and on highway safety.

We won't take into account matters such as the effect of the proposal on individual property values, ownership disputes, or issues covered by other legislation.

Contact us if you want an update on the progress of the application or when it will be determined,