Every planning application submitted to a local authority must undergo a period of public consultation which varies in length between three and eight weeks. This allows you the opportunity to comment or object to planning application.
If you wish to view a planning application you can do so by carrying out a quick search by address or reference number on the Public Access (Planning) online service.
Please be aware every effort is made to update the information on each application, but there may be occasions when there is a delay due to the exceptional volume of information to be processed and published.
If you wish to make comments or register that you object to a planning application, or that you support or have a neutral stance on an application, you can do so in the following ways:
Read the Public Access User Guide for further information about how to access online planning information.
Public Access may not be available during the hours of 1am to 2.30am Monday to Saturday and 10pm to 11pm Sundays due to the back-up of the Councils servers.
By post - Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LD
By email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be aware that that any comments you send to the council will be copied to the Planning Inspectorate in the event of an appeal, so you should only include information that you are happy may be made available over the internet.
Every effort is made to update the information on each application, but there may be occasions when there is a delay due to the exceptional volume of information to be processed and published.
Please note that any comments received will NOT be acknowledged or questions raised replied to due to the significant number of representations received, which would require additional substantial staffing resources, which are not available. However the representations will be considered, summarised when necessary and addressed in the case officer’s report.
If you have reason to suspect that the information on the Online Planning site is incorrect, please contact us so that we can investigate and make necessary corrections. All plans, drawings and materials submitted to Stockton Council are protected by the Copyrights Act. You may only download and print material for consultation purposes. Any further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner, the applicant, agent and architect. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any information displayed on any website other than our own.
It is good practice to publish information given by applicants and objectors on the Council website. Comments relating to planning applications form part of the Statutory Register. The Council has a duty to make this information available via our website. If we receive comments about a planning application that are considered to be defamatory to another person, these remarks will not be included in any reports or published on the Council's website. This is because publishing a defamatory statement may constitute a libel. The original paper version showing the comments will remain on the planning application file. This will be available for public inspection. The author would remain at risk of the possibility of an action for libel unless he or she arranges to have the defamatory remarks omitted.
In order to comply with Data Protection Legislation, there is certain personal information contained within planning and building control documents that, prior to being published on the Councils Public Access system, must be concealed. This process is known as redacting.
Further information can be found on the Redacting Information Procedure.
If planning permission is refused you have the right to appeal the decision, or appeal against one of the conditions imposed on any approved application. A notice of refusal will always be accompanied by information about how to appeal.
If an application is granted planning permission, there is no 'third party' right of appeal - only the applicant has that right - however the matter may be pursued through a legal challenge in the high courts.
For more information about previous/current appeals and the appeal procedures please follow the external links below: