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From April, the East Riding Council will be publicising all planning applications by posting a site notice or site notices. This will ensure that residents in the vicinity of an application have the opportunity to comment on planning applications.

With the greater use of site notices and Public Access (details below), the council will no longer post individual letters to neighbouring properties.

However, residents do not need to wait until they see a site notice and can be kept informed automatically of new applications in their area by registering with Public Access on the council’s website. Registering with Public Access allows users to:

  • View details of planning applications and enforcement notices
  • Monitor the progress of planning applications and receive updates via email
  • Submit comments about an application
  • Search from a constantly updated list of applications
  • View all associated documents, including plans, application forms, consultation responses and decision notices with conditions

These changes firm part of a wider initiative to encourage a greater use of technology within the council and the planning service. Public Access can also be viewed on smart phones and tablet devices and the new site notice will include a QR code that will allow residents to scan the notice and bring up details of an application on their mobile device.

Residents that do not have internet access can visit any of the council’s libraries where computers are available to view and comment on planning applications online. This is a free service but will require residents to register when using the facility. Make a note of the application number or post code address as given on the site notice before visiting the library. A step-by-step guide on how to use Public Access can be viewed on the planning service’s webpage at

To register, visit