Comment on a Planning Application

During the course of a planning application, you will have the opportunity to express your views, which Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) will then take into account as part of the overall decision making process.

How to Comment

When supporting or objecting to an application, please remember that only matters relevant to planning can be considered by MVDC. These include the likely effects of the proposal on:

  • the character of the area
  • local amenities, including the amenities of neighbours
  • the environment and countryside
  • traffic and parking

The effect of a development proposal on property values, and private legal matters such as covenants, cannot be taken into account.

Planning applications can be found by following the link below using either the Planning Reference, or one or more of the other criteria. If the application has not been decided, comments can be submitted online using the 'Comment on this application' link provided. Please ensure that you add your comments in a file attachment (MS Word or PDF). Submissions without any comments cannot be accepted.

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Alternatively, comments can be sent:

  • by email to
  • by post to the Corporate Head of Service, Planning Department, MVDC, Pippbrook, Dorking, RH4 1SJ

In either case, please quote the planning reference number and the planning officer, if known.

In order to ensure that your views are considered, comments should be submitted before the publicity end date. Representations received after that date will be taken into account if a decision has not been made. All representations need to be processed manually, and will usually be available on the MVDC website within five working days of receipt. Please do not submit the same letter of representation using more than one of the methods listed above.

If you do not wish to disclose personal details, please do not include them in your letter of representation. However, you must provide your name and address, otherwise your representation cannot be accepted. MVDC does not acknowledge representations, and we are unable to reply in writing to individual queries raised in letters. If you would like further information, please call 01306 885001.

Neighbour Notification

Once an application has been registered, occupiers of properties adjoining the site are notified individually, together with any other properties that MVDC considers may be significantly affected. Exceptions to this are applications for Certificates of Lawfulness for a Proposed Use or Development, non-material amendments following a grant of planning permission, and tree applications.

For tree applications, immediate neighbours will only be notified where the application is to fell a tree. For other tree works applications, neighbours will not normally be notified.

Public Inspections

All letters of representation and petitions received regarding planning applications will be available for public inspection at MVDC's Pippbrook offices in Dorking, and will also be published online on the MVDC website, usually within five working days of receipt. Letters of representation are removed from the website once an application has been decided, but will be displayed again during the course of any appeal. However, they are retained for a minimum period of four years from the decision date, and during this time can still be viewed at MVDC's Pippbrook offices on request.

Further information about the planning process can be found in Chapter 4 - 'Community Involvement in Planning Applications' in the 'Statement of Community Involvement' (see 'Downloads').

Last Updated: 15/10/2018

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