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Public Access allows you to look at details of applications, make comments, and view the reasons for decisions.

Please note that from 25th March 2020 the City Council will be moving to a new system for searching, viewing and commenting on Planning Applications.  From that time, any existing logins and saved searches will no longer work and you will need to register again. More information and guidance will follow nearer the time.

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Recently decided planning applications

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Map of planning applications

Planning appeals

You can view comments submitted to the website, in the "Comments" sections of Public Access. Comments submitted using other means, such as letters or emails, can be viewed as attachments in the "Documents" section.

Your objections or supporting comments on applications should be rational, impersonal and directed to the planning matters raised by the proposal. The types of issues that we can consider are listed in the "What will or won't 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 making your comments using the online form please be aware that the screen will 'time-out' after a period of time.  If it is likely that your comments will take some time to complete , you are advised 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 our work as a Local Planning Authority.

How long do I have to comment?

We will accept comments up to the point at which the application is decided.  However, we strongly advise you 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 people consulted will have a minimum of 21 days from the date of consultation to respond.

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

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.

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

If you have any problems using this site, you can view documents at the City Library and Community Hub in Newcastle (click to check opening times),  with help from the staff there if required.

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

See guidance here for the full list on the kind of issues that are relevant.


What is the decision making process?

To be more efficient, the Government encourages councils to allow Officers to make more decisions, particularly in the case of straightforward or less complicated cases.

In Newcastle, more than 90% of planning applications are decided under what is known as "delegated powers".  This means that the Planning Committee has given the authority to planning officers to make decisions on applications.  Applications that are decided by Planning Committee are usually those for significant developments or ones that have generated a lot of local interest. 

We have a document that explains which applications can be decided by Officers and which applications need to be taken to the Planning Committee.  Details can be downloaded here.  (pdf, 50kb) (This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. )

Will I be told about the decision?

You will not normally receive an automatic notification about the decision on the application.  However, you are able to track the application when logged in on the Public Access site.  You will then receive an email alert when the status of the application changes, and as soon as it is decided.


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 give us 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, so it is important that we hear your views.

If you have attended a Planning Committee, you could also 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  or 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 on 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 UPRNs (Unique Property Reference Number) and land parcels relating to the property (for example single addresses, block addresses) such as 'land at...', '1-3 High Street', '1-3 High Street and 1 Station Street'.


For information about any of the above services, please email:

or phone 0191 278 7878 and ask for 'Planning'.



Did you know?

If you register with the Public Access system, you can save your searches so you are notified about new applications in your area, and you can also track applications to receive updates on their progress. 

Need more information?

For help on using the Public Access system to find and comment on Planning Applications, View our online guidance document (pdf, 984 kb) (This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. )

To speak to a Planning Officer , please email:

or phone 0191 278 7878 and ask for 'Planning'.

By Mail: Newcastle City Council, Planning, 9th Floor, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH


If you are unfamiliar with the Planning system, see our Guide To Planning Applications, and also there is an a-z glossary of Planning terms at both Planning Aid and the Planning Portal which you may find useful. (external links)

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