Prepare your comments

Guidance on how to make sure your views or objections count.

We read all the comments left on planning applications.

You can comment on a planning application to:

  • support it
  • give us your views on it
  • object to it

Make a valid objection

By law, we can not reject an application unless it goes against planning policy. This includes cases where there are multiple objections or a petition.

We will not be able to uphold objections if they are based on:

  • impact on property values
  • predicted noise during construction
  • who will use the development when it is done
  • disputes with neighbours

Before you leave an objection, check if it goes against planning policy. 

Examples of when an application might go against planning policy

This can include:

  • harm to trees
  • significant loss of light
  • ongoing noise after construction
  • new windows or spaces that overlook your house or garden
  • traffic congestion
  • design not in keeping with the area


The following is a list of material considerations that can be taken into account in determining planning applications submitted under the Town and Country Planning Act.

Material considerations

  • The Development Plan and other relevant policy and guidance
  • highway safety, flood risk
  • appearance and design
  • noise, dust, fumes, etc.
  • loss of light/sunlight
  • scale and dominance
  • archaeology
  • sustainability
  • nature conservation
  • privacy
  • impact on infrastructure, community and other services
  • impact on character, including trees
  • parking provision
  • a fall-back position such as:
    • a lawful use which could result in a development worse than proposal
    • an extant planning permission which has a similar or worse effect than the proposed development
    • permitted development which could have the same or worse effect than the proposed development

The following matters are however not material considerations

  • business competition
  • loss of view
  • devaluation of property
  • private rights of access
  • covenants
  • other private rights
  • short term disturbance during implementation of a planning permission
  • maintenance of property

Planning policy

To find out more about the character of your area and the kinds of developments encouraged, see Surrey Heath's planning policy section.