Our Statement of Community Involvement describes the important role you have in the planning process
You can comment on a planning application using the online planning register. We'll only come to a decision on a planning application after taking your comments into consideration.
For instance we encourage applicants who use our pre-application advice service to consult those affected before submitting their application.
We make the purpose and scope of any planning consultation clear, take into account the views received, and publish consultation material in plain English.
We'll use appropriate ways to get as many people involved as possible, using all available communication methods eg via social media, in local media, presentations and forums, leaflets etc.
We'll provide accessible feedback on the results of consultations and how they've been used.
For full information, and details on how each of the different types of consultation run, download the document below.
The Localism Act 2011 brought in three community rights related to planning so that local communities can shape new development in their area.
You can read about them here.