Comments on Application
The Data Protection Act 1998 requires personal information to be dealt with in a specific way. As local planning authority if we publish personal data in breach of the Data Protection Act we are held accountable. Personal data does not just mean the names, addresses and telephone number of an individual, it includes any information within a letter that would identify another person which may not always clear.
Due to the high number of letters and emails we receive relating to planning applications and the level of resource we have available we are unable to review all letters to remove the personal data. There is no legal requirement for letters to be displayed on our website, however to ensure a transparent process letters can be made available upon request. However if there are a high number of letters on a particular application it could take a few days for us to carry out the process of removing the personal data and providing the information.
Whilst letters do not appear on the website, it should be noted that any comments received on an application will be considered during the assessment of the application.