View and comment on a planning application

Full documentation associated with planning applications from 2008 onwards is available to view online.

Not all documents are kept on the permanent planning register. This includes third-party comments on applications, which are removed after six years.

Our online planning application system allows you to:

  • Search and view details about planning, tree works and building control applications
  • comment on planning and tree works applications (requires registration)
  • save searches, track applications and receive email alerts (requires registration)

Online planning application system

The system can show you a weekly list of all the planning and tree works applications from a specific week.

New applications, once validated, are normally viewable online within 5 working days of receipt of the application.

Historical applications

  • Decision notices only from the early 1960s are available online
  • Documents from 1963 to 2008 can be made available – request a historic planning file. Some files are stored offsite, so this process can take up to four weeks

Comment on a planning application

  • If you're commenting for the first time, you'll need to register to use the system first.
  • When you register you'll receive a confirmation email: follow the link in the email promptly.
  • When registering to use the system, you will be asked to read and agree to our terms and conditions. Our privacy notices provide information on how we collect, store and process your data. Contact us at applicationsupport@cambridge.gov.ukor 01223 457459 to request a printed copy.

Log-in to the online planning application system

  • All comments should be made within the 21-day consultation period of the relevant application. You can find out when this period expires by viewing the 'Important Dates' tab.
  • Multiple methods of publicity can be used. Check the 'Neighbour Consultation', 'Latest Advertisement' and 'Latest Site Notice' expiry dates for the end of the publicity period.

Make sure your comments are relevant

When making decisions on planning applications, we can only take into account relevant planning matters. They include if:

  • the proposal accords with planning policy for Cambridge
  • the proposed use is suitable for the area
  • the design, appearance and size of the new building is in keeping with the surrounding area
  • the external alterations are in character with the existing property
  • adjoining properties will be overshadowed, overlooked or will suffer a loss of privacy
  • there will be any increase in noise and disturbance
  • there is adequate car parking, cycle, refuse and storage facilities
  • the new roads and access are safe for road users and pedestrians
  • any advertisement would be too brightly lit or too large

We can't consider issues such as:

  • the loss of view from your property
  • boundary and other disputes between neighbours
  • loss of trade from competing businesses
  • loss of value to your property
  • moral objections - eg to betting shops or amusement arcades

We'll disregard (and not publish online) any objections and comments that are of a racist nature or personally abusive.

What happens to your comments

The case officer will review and take into consideration all the comments received during their assessment of the application. Any planning issues raised will be summarised in their report.

Your comments may also be repeated in public documents, such as within the committee pages of our website.

Note: you should only include information that you're happy to be made available online.

  • Prior to publication we will mask out the sender's name and contact details
  • We will also mask out any sensitive personal data, such as medical information.
  • Applicants' names and addresses are published because they form part of the statutory planning register.
  • For business letters, we only mask signatures.
  • Third party comments will be removed after six years, in line with our data retention policies. A summary of the comments will be in the officer report, which is kept permanently.
  • Contact us if you notice something that causes you concern, noting the application reference number and document details. We will do our best to resolve the matter.

In the event of an appeal, your representations will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. The Planning Inspectorate may publish appeal documentation, including copies of representations received, on the Planning Portal website. All information provided on your representation, including your name and address, will be published. If you object to this, contact the Planning Inspectorate directly giving them details of the appeal reference number.

The planning application process

Full details about:

  • the planning application process
  • how the decision is made
  • how you can attend and speak at a planning committee
  • where and how application decisions are publicised
  • starting your development or gaining further approval

can be found on our planning application process page.

Terms of use

In using our online planning application system (Public Access) you agree to be bound by the Public Access terms of use [PDF, 60KB]Our terms of use and acceptable use policy [PDF, 35KB] [PDF, 35KB] also apply.

Email applicationsupport@cambridge.gov.uk if you have any problems using the system or have suggestions on how we can improve it.

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