Comments on applications

Making comments on planning applications

The Planning system operates in the public interest, and does not protect one individual’s interests over another. The control of new development seeks to ensure the best available outcome for the wider community taking all material issues into consideration. Barrow Borough Council provides an opportunity for the public to consider the effects planning proposals may have, and submit comments.

Planning applications are published in a variety of ways. We do this by letter, and/or site notices, and/or press notices. We also publish a Weekly List of Planning Applications received. This can be viewed online. 

Anyone can submit a comment about an application, it is a simple process, and you do not need to be officially notified of a proposal to make your views known. Comments are normally required within 21 days of the application becoming a public document. You may object to a proposal, support it, or just wish to express a general view.

You can send in you comment in 3 ways.

  • By emailing us
  • Completing a comment form when viewing an application online
  • Or writing your comments down and posting them to us at Planning Manager, Development Control, Barrow Borough Council, Town Hall, Duke Street,Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 2LD.

Please enclose the reference number of the application upon which you are commenting, and your name and address. All comments received are summarised by the officer as part of the officer’s report. We can only take into account 'material planning considerations' when considering your comments. Only the applicant can appeal against the decision. There is no right of appeal by third parties. If an appeal is made, and you commented on the earlier application you will be notified and invited to write to the Planning Inspectorate with your comments. Any previous comments are passed on to the case Inspector.