Getting the most out of 'Public Access'

Please ensure you have read the advice "Commenting on Planning Applications" before commenting.

Using Planning Public Access you can:

  • register your details and be updated on the progress of planning cases
  • view details of planning applications including decision notices, comments and plans
  • locate a property using 'Property Search'.
  • find an individual application if you know the reference number
  • search weekly lists of all current applications and recent planning decisions
  • check for planning enforcement on properties
  • see details of planning appeals

Once you have found a property or planning application you can:

  • view limited details of computerised historic applications dating back to 1990/91
  • follow the progress of a current planning application appeal or enforcement case
  • comment on applications currently under consideration. Comments of a racist nature will not be considered and may be referred to the Equality and Human Rights Commission or the Police for investigation

If you are intending to comment on a planning application please note, the statement, “Comments may not be submitted at this time” on the Comments page is misleading. You may still comment, provided the consultation period has not expired and you have registered and logged in. If you have not previously registered, please do so by clicking the “Register” button and following the online instructions. We are working with our IT partner, IDOX to resolve these issues as quickly as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

As a security measure, the system will ‘time out’ after 30 mins.  If you are worried that you may not complete your comments within this time, then you may wish to compose and save your comment in either Notepad or WordPad and then, when your comment is ready, copy and paste the text into the comment box on Public Access.  This ensures that the process is completed quickly and the likelihood of the system timing-out and your comments being lost is much reduced.

This service is continually being developed and there are some limitations to what is available and these are described below:

  • Online planning history contained within the computerised system is incomplete and must not be used as a substitute for carrying out a formal Land Charge Search. No responsibility will be taken for any errors or omissions in the planning history information obtained from Planning Public Access.
  • Information contained within Public Access does not constitute in any way a formal notification of a planning decision, and as such any actions taken as a result of information displayed on the site are undertaken entirely at the viewer's own risk.
  • Planning constraint information ie listed buildings, conservation areas, tree preservation orders etc. is available via Public Access for Planning but cannot be considered definitive at the moment. Where you see the phrase "No constraints are associated with this property" please contact us if you require details about possible constraints. For flood risk information please use the Environment Agency web site.
  • Please note that, for practical reasons, not all documents will be displayed, although these will continue to be available at the Clacton-on-sea Planning Reception as usual.
  • Only validated applications will be viewable on the Public Access system as quite a number of applications received are invalid and many of these are subsequently withdrawn.
  • Unfortunately the maps don't currently display properly if you are using Internet Explorer 10. However if you put your browser into compatibility mode, then the maps will display correctly. For more information on compatibility mode, please use the following Microsoft link: Microsoft browser compatibility mode information


Last updated on: 13/12/2022 - 16:15