Search for, view, and comment on planning applications
Please be aware that we are working hard to keep the planning service operating effectively in the face of unprecedented challenges. We are undertaking site visits on a risk assessed basis where virtual means of assessment are not available. This is to ensure that we comply with the government guidance on social distancing and to protect our staff and our residents. We have changed our procedures for Planning Committees, site notices, availability of information by hard copy and office availability. For more details on our revised processes, please see our FAQs Covid-19 impact on planning processes and bear with us at this difficult time. Thank you for your understanding.
Public Access allows you to look at details of applications, make comments, and view the reasons for decisions.
Please note that the City Council has now moved to a new system for searching, viewing and commenting on Planning Applications. Any existing logins and saved searches from the previous system will no longer work and you will need to register again. Documents on planning applications older than 3 years are currently being copied into the new site and this may take a couple of weeks to complete. The case officer can be emailed if you need to view historic files urgently before then.
Please see our user guide here for step by step instructions on how to use the new system. The Search facility is easy to use and very comprehensive. If you have a planning application reference you can search that. You can search on any or a combination of fields such as address, applicant name, proposal, application type and more, and an option to apply a date range for received or decision date. Press Enter on your keyboard to search using your options or click the Search button. The list of results appears at the bottom of the screen.
Click view to open the application required, where you can view documents and make comments if you have registered as a user and logged in.
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.
Public comments will normally be online and visible to anyone else viewing the application, but your personal details are not displayed. More information is below.
A guide to using this page
- How do I comment on a planning application?
- How long do I have to comment?
- Will my comments be made public?
- Can I view planning applications in person or comment in writing?
- What will or won't be considered?
- What is the decision making process?
- Will I be told about the outcome of the application?
- What is the publicity required for applications?
- How can I find out about high-profile major applications in the city?
- Customer feedback
- Important notes
- How can I contact you?
- 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 in the 'Make A Representation' section underneath the documents. (this will only appear if the application is open for comments, and you need to be registered on the site and logged in. Click here to register.)
- Please read our Privacy Notice which sets out how we use information in our work as a Local Planning Authority.
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.
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.
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. PLEASE NOTE the library is currently closed to comply with Covid-19 restrictions and hopefully will be reopening in late July. In the meantime please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more possible options on how to arrange viewing applications in person.
Any letters of representation should be sent to Development Management, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH
The types of issues that may be considered include:
- siting (where something is positioned on the site)
- design and external appearance of buildings
- 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.
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. )
You will not normally receive an automatic notification about the decision on the application.
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.
You can check this list of all new Major Developments which have been submitted, updated every week with a direct link to the public record.
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.
- Please complete our short questionnaire, if you would like to take part in this survey.
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.
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: email@example.com
or phone 0191 278 7878 and ask for 'Planning'.
Need more information?
Please see our user guide here for step by step instructions on how to use the system to view applications
To speak to a Planning Officer , please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)