If you wish to make comments on a Planning application, please follow these guidelines

  • Any representations must be made in writing.

  • Should you wish to make representations, please quote the reference number on all correspondence.

  • You must also ensure that your full name and postal address are clearly shown. This will ensure that you receive notification of the decision and where appropriate any amendments.

  • You can comment on this proposal by email or post. However, please note that if you send comments by email we do not require a copy in the post as well.

Please note that by virtue of the provisions of the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985, any representations made are likely to be open to public inspection.

What is a valid objection to a planning application

We can only take into account 'material planning considerations' when looking at your comments.

The most common of these (although not an exhaustive list) are shown below:

  • Loss of light or overshadowing

  • Overlooking/loss of privacy

  • Visual amenity (but not loss of private view)

  • Adequacy of parking/loading/turning

  • Highway safety

  • Traffic generation

  • Noise and disturbance resulting from use

  • Hazardous materials

  • Smells

  • Loss of trees

  • Effect on listed building and conservation area

  • Layout and density of building

  • Design, appearance and materials

  • Landscaping

  • Road access

  • Local, strategic, regional and national planning policies

  • Government circulars, orders and statutory instruments

  • Disabled persons' access

  • Compensation and awards of costs against the Council at public enquiries

  • Proposals in the Development Plan

  • Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)

  • Nature conservation

  • Archaeology.


We cannot take into account matters which are sometimes raised but are not normally planning considerations such as:

  • The perceived loss of property value

  • Private disputes between neighbours

  • The loss of a view

  • The impact of construction work or competition between firms

  • Restrictive covenants

  • Ownerships disputes over rights of way

  • Fence lines etc

  • Personal morals or views about the applicant.

It is important to understand that the material considerations relevant to any particular application will need to be weighed in the final decision process according to their seriousness and relative importance.

Contact Details


Postal address:

Planning Department
Erewash Borough Council
Town Hall
Wharncliffe Road

Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP 0115 907 2244