How To Comment On Planning Applications


(This section also covers how to object or support a planning application)

Important Notice

All personal data held is processed in accordance with Data Protection Law. For further information please see our Privacy Policy on our website. 

All information disclosed on the file on our website regarding an application is open to public inspection.

For security purposes, the intention is that all signatures, e-mail addresses and telephone contact details will be withheld from publication on our website. However, these may still be open to inspection by personal visitors at our offices. We do not accept anonymous representations.  As a minimum all representations should contain the home address.

N.B. Any comments/objections posted directly to our website will include all the information which you provide (including personal contact details such as signatures, e-mail addresses and telephone contact details). If you do not wish these personal contact details to appear on our website, please do not include them in your on-line comments and alternatively make your comments on an attachment to an email.

All comments made automatically appear on our website. Make sure that your comments are relevant and not defamatory or offensive, because you remain personally and legally responsible for them. If you are submitting photographs please ensure they do not contain personal information such as car number plates and that they are relevant to the proposed development under consideration. We reserve the right to remove from this website the entirety of any comment which contains any words which are or may be defamatory or offensive.

Please note: Comments you make will not be replied to.

How To Comment Online

  1. First you need to find the application you wish to make comments on. If you know the
    application reference number you can go straight to the details of the application by doing an
    application number search.
  2. If you don't know the application reference number, there are many ways you can search the
    system for applications. See our page on How to Search for a Planning Application for help
    with searching.
  3. Once you have got to the details of a planning application, click onto the blue planning
    reference number, and you will see in blue at the top of the page 'Comment on this application'
    - follow this link to send your comments to us. Please note we are unable to accept representations
    that are sent via an IPad but we currently looking at resolving.
  4. If the statutory period for consultation (21 days) has expired, you may still comment on the
    application (as above) or in writing to Malvern Hills District Council. You should note however,
    that the application may be determined at any time after the 21 day period has expired and there
    is no guarantee that late submissions can be taken into account. Please quote the application
    number in any correspondence.
  5. If you would prefer not to send us your comments on a planning application online, you can
    either email or post them to us - our contact details are at the foot of this page. Remember
    to include the planning application reference number
  6. Remember that any comments you send, whether they are sent online or by email or post,
    will be published on this website for everyone to see, and we reserve the right to remove from
    this website the entirety of any comment which contains any words which are or may be
    defamatory or offensive.
  7. We will try and ensure that all comments received relating to a planning application are reported,
    where relevant, to the Council's Planning Committee. Also it may not be possible to report to the
    Planning Committee comments, letters or emails received on the day of the Committee meeting.
    We therefore strongly recommend against the submission of comments or documents close to the
    start of Planning Committee meeting.

Identity theft

If you are worried about your contact details and signature appearing on our website, do the following when you
comment on planning applications:

  1. Print your name instead of adding your signature to any documents, and initial the printed
  2. Send e-mailed comments as an attachment, so that only the attachment can be published
    (and not your email address).
  3. Do not include your telephone number if you do not want people to know it.

Please note: any hard or soft landscaping shown on planning applications may not be part of the application, therefore landscaping may not be approved as shown.  Plans can be amended at any time prior to approval.  If unsure please ask.

How To Comment In Writing

Comments can be submitted in writing (noting the planning application reference) to our planning department at The Council House.

Planning Services
Malvern Hills District Council
The Council House
Avenue Road
Malvern. WR14 3AF

Comments in writing will be scanned and made accessible on our website. To eliminate fraud you may wish to print your name rather than use your signature.


Further Information

When we receive your comments we will place them on the website.  All comments will be given full consideration in the determination of the application.  

For any further information please contact:

Planning Services
Malvern Hills District Council
The Council House
Avenue Road
Malvern. WR14 3AF

Telephone: 01684 862221 between 9am-5pm, Monday - Friday.