Search for, view and comment on applications

Use our planning application search facility to view applications. Try to use the specific planning reference number - if  you have received a consultation letter, it can be found in the top left hand corner. If you have a smartphone you can use our 'layar' app to view applications whilst on the move.

Comment on, support or object to a planning application

The Council welcomes such involvement from its residents. Regard is always given to the comments of people who might be affected by the proposed development. You can make general comments, object or support an application.

How can I give my views?

We prefer to receive your comments electronically. The ways to comment are:

Allerdale Borough Council gives local residents 21 days in which to comment on an application in writing. Please note that your comments, and your name and home address will be made available for public inspection and published on the internet unless in exceptional circumstances. Our planning application disclaimer provides more details. 

Please note that you will not be sent an acknowledgement letter or be informed of the decision. The decision will be published on our website.

What sort of things can and cannot be taken into account when commenting on a planning application?

The Local Government Ombudsman has issued a report which outlines the things which can be considered by planners. This is available as a downloadable document below. There is also guidance issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government on the planning system.

In general the issues which can and cannot be considered are wide ranging and include:

What sort of things can be taken into account? What sort of things cannot be taken into account?
The effect of the proposed development on the appearance on the area  Loss of view
The quality of the design Loss of property value
Significant overbearing impact and loss of outlook Breach of covenant
The economic benefits of the proposal Loss of trade to a competitor
Highway safety issues The level of profit a developer might make
Loss of important trees Personal circumstances of the applicant (in most cases)
Intrusion into the countryside Moral objections (eg to uses such as an amusement arcade or betting office
Significantly increased noise and disturbance Ancient rights to light

Other ways to find planning applications

Other ways to find out about the planning applications we are receiving include:

  • The weekly application list shows the current applications which have been received or decided in the past 12 weeks.
  • Our major developments page provides details on applications for new housing estates and and other large projects. 
  • RSS Feeds. You can subscribe to our planning RSS feeds to automatically receive the latest planning applications and decisions:

Planning applications received:
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Planning application decisions:
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Planning application appeals received:
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See our RSS page for help and further information.

  • Paper files of current and old applications can also be viewed at the Council offices at Allerdale House, Workington on request. If you would like to look at an application which is prior to 2010 then it is advisable to contact us at with your request as we will need to obtain the record from our archives.

Downloadable Documents

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File nameSizeApproximate Download time
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerLGO planning guidance in PDF format7455 Kb17 mins 45 secs @ 56k, 31 secs @ 2mb

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