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Viewing and commenting on a planning application

The details of all planning applications that have been received by the Council since 2000 can be viewed on the Council's Online Planning Database. Since 2008 the plans and other information forming the application can also be downloaded. Anyone is able to view and comment on a planning application.


Viewing planning applications

Search the Council's Planning Application Database  for both current and decided planning applications.  You are able to view the application details, make comments and track the progress of applications.  Due to a recent document transfer some applications may not have the associated documents visible, should this be the case for the application you are trying the view please contact planning support on 01756 706470 or email quoting the application reference number.  Please note, this only applies to applications received after 2007.

f you do not have internet access you can view  planning applications on a computer at the Council Offices reception in Belle Vue Square, Skipton.  Alternatively, Settle Library has copies of current planning application available for inspection.

Historic applications that are not available to view online can be inspected at the Council Offices reception in Belle Vue Square, Skipton.  Please be aware that at least 5 days notice is required as files may have to be retrieved from off-site storage.   To arrange this please email us at stating the application number and when you would like to view it.

Commenting on planning applications

Anyone is able to comment on a planning application.  You do not have to have been directly notified of an application to comment.

You can comment on a planning application using the tools on the Council's Planning Application Database.  Alternatively you can send an email to , or write to us (please include the planning application reference number so that your comments can be correctly recorded).

All comments received on planning applications will be made publicly available for others, including the applicant, to view.

Comments made verbally to Council Officers cannot be taken into account.

pdf icon Download instructions on how to use our planning portal are available here [1Mb]

Planning Committee agendas, reports & minutes of meetings

The most contentious applications are generally determined by the Council's Planning Committee. On the Planning Committee web pages you can find the following information:

  • Agendas for both future and past meetings, including officer reports and recommendations on planning applications. Agendas are published 5 working days before the date of the meeting,
  • Minutes of previous meetings,
  • A Calendar of Council Meetings,
  • A list of Planning Committee Members
  • The Planning Scheme of Delegation (see Planning Committee web pages) which explains in detail when an application will be referred to Planning Committee for a decision rather than determined by the Council's Planning Officers.