Public Access allows you to look at details of applications, make comments online, and view the decisions on applications that have been determined.Smarter Planning Champion logo

If you experience problems with the system, in particular the improved mapping function, it is recommended that you can resolve this by upgrading your internet browser to the latest version, or trying a different browser software. The new Public Access application is recommended to be used with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 9 and above, Google Chrome or Apple Safari.

Comments submitted through the website can be viewed within the comments sections of Public Access. Comments submitted using alternative means can be viewed as attachments within the documents section of the site. 

Objections or supporting comments on applications should be rational, impersonal and directed to planning matters raised by the proposal. The types of issues that may be considered are outlined in the What will be considered? section below.  Please do not submit comments that are defamatory or abusive.


A guide to using this page

How do I comment on a planning application?

  • Find the application you'd like to comment on using the search choices above
  • Read all of the related notes, plans and documents
  • Send us your comments by clicking 'comment on this application'
    (this will only appear if the application is open for comments)
  • If you are submitting your comments via the online form please be advised that the screen will 'time-out' after a period of time.  If it is likely that your comments will take some time to complete it would be advisable to draft them out in another application first before copying and pasting them into the online form.
    • Please read our Privacy Notice which sets out how we use information in the course of our work as a Local Planning Authority.

How long do I have to comment?

We will accept application comments up to the point at which the application is determined. However it is in your interest to submit any comments as early as possible.  We will not decide the outcome of the application before the end of the publicity period. Any parties consulted will have a minimum of 21 days from date of consultation to respond. Notice / consultation can be viewed from our Public Access website.

With a householder application and in the event the application is refused and later goes to appeal, any representations made about the application will be passed to the Secretary of State and there will be no opportunity to make further representations.

Will my comments be made public?

Please note that except for the commenter's phone numbers, email address and signature any comments provided will be published on the Council's website without change.  A copy of your comments can be emailed if requested. Similarly, notification of the outcome of the decision will also be sent to you electronically.

Can I view planning applications in person or comment in writing?

If you have any problems using this site, you can view documents in the Customer Service Centre with help from the staff there if required, located at the City Library in Newcastle, open between 10am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Any letters of representation should be sent to Development Management, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH

What will be considered?

The types of issues that may be considered include:

  • layout
  • siting (where something is positioned on the site)
  • design and external appearance of buildings
  • access
  • highway safety
  • impact on the neighbourhood

What won't be considered?

The types of issues that won't be considered include:

  • Loss of view
  • Loss of property value
  • Loss of trade or increased competition
  • Restrictions in land and property deeds, known as restrictive covenants
  • The motives or morals of the applicant

What is the decision making process?

For efficiency, the Government encourages councils to delegate more decision making to Officers, in straightforward or less contentious cases.

In Newcastle, more than 90% of planning applications are determined under what is known as delegated powers. This means the Planning Committee has given the authority to planning officers to decide on applications. Applications that are decided by Planning Committee are generally those for significant development or have generated substantial local interest. We have a document that explains which applications can be decided by Officers and which applications need to be considered by the Planning Committee. Details can be downloaded here.

What is the publicity required for applications?

Depending on the type of development proposed, publicity can include placing advertisements in The Journal, displaying site notices and sending notification letters to neighbours. In addition, details of all applications are published on the Council's website. You can find more information on the publicity process here.

How can I find out about high-profile major applications in the city?

You can check the weekly lists for all new applications received,  updated every week with details of all new Major Developments which have been submitted.

Can I sign up to receive an e-mail alert when new applications are made in my area?

If you are registered and signed in, you can search for a street name or Ward under the Advanced Search option, and click 'Save Search'. This will give you the option, "Notify me via email about new search results", which will send you regular updates on new results found.  You can edit or delete your saved searches and alerts at any time.

 Customer feedback

If you have recently sent comments on applications, you may wish to submit comments and feedback on your experience. The Council is keen to ensure that all contributors to the process are consulted about whether they are satisfied with the service provided to them, and therefore it is important that we hear your views.

Please click here to complete a short questionnaire, if you would like to take part in this survey.

If you have attended a Planning Committee, you could also click here to complete this customer survey form to let us know about your experience and give us feedback.

Important notes

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of data displayed on this site it should not be used as a substitute for carrying out a formal 'Land Charge Search' or in relation to property transactions. A formal search may reveal historic /additional applications, appeal decisions, enforcement decisions and constraints currently not easily accessible on this site.

The Council makes no representations or warranties about the accuracy, completeness, or suitability for any purpose of the information [and related graphics] published in this site. The information contained in this site may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. All liability of the Council for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of reliance on such information is expressly excluded to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Neither the Council nor any of its employees or other representatives will be liable for loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the use of this site. This limitation of liability applies to all damages of any kind, including direct, indirect or consequential damages, loss of data, income or profit and claims of any third parties.

The exclusions and limitations of liability in this disclaimer do not exclude or limit the liability of the Council to you for death or personal injury resulting from our negligence or that of our employees or representatives.

Plans, drawings and material submitted to the council are protected by the copyright acts (section 47, 1988 act). You may only use material which is downloaded and/or printed for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner.

Further points to note

The system does not provide a definitive history of a given site. You may need to identify all of the UPRN's and land parcels relating to the property (i.e single addresses, block addresses) such as 'land at...', '1-3 High Street', '1-3 High Street and 1 Station Street' etc.

Access to the website

Due to essential maintenance this service is unavailable between 2am and 4am daily.

For information about any of the above services, please contact Development Management on 0191 2787878.

Page last updated: 
25 May 2018
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