Planning Application Comment Generator

Author: Cyril Richert

The Clapham Junction Action Group is providing an online tool to help you shape your comment on any planning application, both quickly and efficiently (i.e. with the necessary planning jargon that will make most impact on the planning report).

Commenting on planning applications is time consuming and very frustrating, not least because most of the time your comments will be completely ignored. For example, for a planning application to build two 42-storey skyscrapers on top of Clapham Junction Station, the planning officers rejected most of the objections received, saying that “Many of the objections to the design do not give any specific reason as to why they do not like the tall buildings; just that they do not like the tall buildings and this is not a suitable location for them”. In a nutshell, those comments were lacking proper planning jargon and the planning officers did not like that!

In addition, as we saw in so many occasions in the past, local residents are dismissed compared to the interest of developers (Wandsworth Council is currently piling up on the cash received from property developers!). It was clearly expressed by the chair of the Planning Application Committee who said recently: “It would not be fair to punish the developer because residents had previously enjoyed certain levels of space and light”.

Therefore we are providing a tool to help you shape your objection both quickly and efficiently (i.e. with the necessary planning jargon that will make most impact on the planning report).

CLICK AND TRY> Planning Application Comment Generator 

How to use the Planning Application Comment Generator

  • Complete the fields in the form below: Application Number, Site location/address
  • Select all the proposed sentences that you would like to use in your letter.
  • You can limit the number of suggestion per category

Then, hit the PROCESS button to generate your letter and browse down to visualise the result.

We then strongly encourage you to review and refine the final letter with your additional comments. Copy the letter sample and rephrase some of the ideas to reflect more accurately the situation of the application you comment on: in a nutshell, use this framework to easily personalise you own letter!

Just try it now and create your comment with strong planning jargon and structured comments!

More Planning tools provided by CJAG

CJAG is also providing a tool to generate automatic planning reports, similar to the one used by the Council and customised by planning officers.

This exercise aims at understanding how Wandsworth Council has promoted planning reports with the purpose to circumvent local and national policy breach and support all major proposals in the past year.

Using this automatic tool, you quickly realise how absurd are those reports that can outcome all objections through meaningless words and expressions that have been used too often by officers.

CLICK AND TRY >> Automatic Planning Report Generator

All our tools are presented on this page:

CJAG Tools for planning consultation

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