Objection Letters


LRJ Planning provides professional planning objection letters for local residents, community groups, residents groups, Parish Councils, Community Councils, as well as businesses.

Each objection letter is tailored to the specific circumstances of the case and will describe how the development proposal fails to comply with local and national planning policy.

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Email: Lloyd@lrjplanning.co.uk


Professional Planning Objection Letter 

With over 20 years of experience we will provide an expertly written objection letter that will help increase the chances of the application being refused.

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Why use our services 

  • No upfront fees; you only pay upon submission.
  • Having worked with your local Council we are very familiar with the local planning policy that are applicable.
  • Chartered town planner with over 20 years of expertise.
  • Transparency and client satisfaction are our priorities.


How we work

Review application – 

  1. We will review  your concerns objections to the application.
  2. We will review the material planning issues.
  3. Review planning history of the site.
  4. Research any relevant local and national planning policy.
  5. Create doubt and weaknesses in applications.
  6. Preparation of a draft robust objection letter.
  7. After your approval of the draft letter, we will send an electronic copy of the objection letter to the Council.


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Using our professional planning objection service.

Will increase the chance of the planning application being refused.
Governmental planning red-tape can be cumbersome and appear complex.
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 It is also important to remember that planning applications and appeals can have a profound effect on people’s homes, as well as their lives.


Do Encourage Your Neighbours to Object

Planning objections must be determined based on their relevant merits, and that is why your neighbours should be encouraged to also make a strong objection letter. 

This is especially true for local planning committees, as their members are usually very sensitive to local concerns with regards to inappropriate development in the area. So, rally up the neighbours and get them to write in with their objections. However, as tempting as it might seem, do not start a petition. They carry no weight and end up being a waste of time. All letters should also be unique as opposed to based on one template. It’s more authentic and certainly holds the attention of the council better.


Who uses our professional objection letter service?

We represent neighbours, community groups, residents groups, Parish Councils, Community Councils, as well as businesses to provide strong opposition to inappropriate development. 

As we are qualified planners, we are also instructed by Solicitors, Architects and Surveyors to provide robust objection letters on behalf of their clients. 


It is sensible to hire an expert.

If you have serious concerns, because doing it yourself may result in you taking the wrong steps towards trying to solve the problem. This is why Planning Objection Letters was created; to give local people access to professional planning representation at an affordable price. We are here to help you and no one else.


Don’t Make it Personal

Of course, it is your objection letter so you can say what you want. However, you must remember to stay within reason. Content that is potentially libelous or offensive will likely not be published, or they may be rejected altogether. You should also refrain from criticizing the applicant or appellant at any point, even if it is justified. This is because the results are determined based on their planning merits, and personal issues will immediately be disregarded.

Your letter should focus on the benefits of refusing the planning, and why the application should be denied. The objections should come across as balanced and logical, with detailed and well-thought arguments. Consider public interest and how the local community could be impacted by the approval of the planning permission or appeal.

Avoid focusing on issues such as land ownership and the effects of the proposal on the value of the neighbouring property. Councils have little interest in this and see this as a personal motive instead of a genuine one. You must also refrain from talking about any personal circumstances of the applicant. Remain neutral, as though you do not even know them personally, and your letter will gain better results.


Do Justify Your Objections

Where possible, make sure you try to support your objections with evidence and analysis. It is here that professional help can really make a difference, as they are trained to find these things and make detailed notes. However, if you have decided to represent yourself, you should take the time to carefully look through the council’s website and learn all of their planning policies.

You should pay extra attention to those that deal with design, character and appearance, and residential amenities. This is because they are the most common grounds for objection from local residents and third parties, so will likely be useful to you. It is then possible for you to use this new information to explain why you feel the proposal is contradictory to specific planning policies.



While the likely effect on residential amenity is an important consideration, you also have to take into account the following that should not be mentioned:

  • An adverse effect on property values
  • Potential infringement on the land of others


Development Plan

You should have a development plan that you can refer to. For each of the points that you make, you must explain why it is contrary to the development plan and then list the relevant policy reference. It is also important to take the time to try and respond to any development plans that conflict with your personal views, going on to make it clear as to why you consider them to be less relevant in determining the outcome of the application.

With regards to the development plan itself, it is essential that you distinguish between the adopted plan and the emerging plan. The former of these tend to be the one that holds the most weight, but an emerging plan at an advanced stage can also be beneficial. If you are ever in double, you can ask the case officer or refer to the policies within both plans (a stronger option).

You need to use evidence to support your points, instead of just making an argument that cannot be backed up. It doesn’t matter if you know it’s true without evidence. If it is possible, it is good to be able to refer to planning case law on an equivalent matter. If you need help with this process, you can contact us on 07984145955


Submit Your Objection Letter on Time

All representations on planning applications and appeals must be submitted in writing, and they cannot be accepted in any other form. You must make note of the deadline for submitting your objections, providing yourself with plenty of time to draft the letter or seek help from a professional in the field.

Your  Local Planning Authority should accept any letters that are submitted after the deadline as long as the results of the planning application have not yet been determined. However, it looks better on you if you submit it on time, and it also more likely to be read. 

 Speak to your local councillor

It is also helpful to speak to your local councillor who may be able to assist you.


Keep objections relevant to material planning considerations

Just remember that there is no point in putting things in your letter that are not relevant to planning, as the Council can only take planning issues into account. By law, they cannot and must not be allowed to be influenced by other considerations unless they are relevant to planning.



How long do I have to object to a planning application?
Normally 21 days

Can personal illness be taken into account when objecting?.
Sorry illness would not be taken into account as a reason for refusing a application.

When applications are approved can I appeal? 
There is no third party right of appeal.
If you feel the local council planning department or committee have made a mistake in law or not followed correct procedure.
A planning decision may be challenged in the court. Be aware this will be very expensive and take time and an error in law needs to have taken place.

The following cannot be considered when objecting.

  • My property may devalue.
  • Loss of view but you can object on loss of outlook.
  • Private matters, disputes, covenants.
  • Covenant issues are considered more of a civil matter.
  • Loss of profit for developers.
  • Personal matters.
  • Building regulations.
  • Loss of trade to a competitor.


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Reviews from clients

You were extremely helpful, very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. I had a reply within minutes.  More than happy to recommend your services. I explained I was only ringing for advice and they still gave me plenty of time, very helpful.

Angela Lloyd


I recently used their services for planning refusals. They were quick to respond and took my case on lodging the appeal/objection within a 48 hour deadline. They were knowledgeable, helpful, and very quick to grasp the essentials of my appeal completing the submission within the deadline required.



I found the objection Planning service very helpful. I had a limited period to put forward an objection to a building project.
The company answered my email/telephone calls promptly and I felt very reassured with my first contact.
I would definitely recommend their services as I found their approach and content of the commission report very constructive , having done their research.
I was happy with the services as I was kept informed of it`s progress and allowed to input any other information needed.
The report was completed within the time scale as discussed.

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I would absolutely recommend this Planning company – my experience from start to finish was excellent. My elderly parents wanted someone to write a professional objection that they had to a building for which their next-door neighbours had submitted planning permission. A stressful situation at any time and raised in importance during lockdown. I contacted this company  entirely at random from the internet, my experience was :

My initial call was answered at 9pm and I outlined my parent’s requirements

I received an E mail the following day with details as to how we could proceed and a clear quotation of the costs involved.

a call was arranged for that evening with myself, my parents, and the consultant to pass on additional details not available via the council’s portal.

The document was comprehensive and professional and was agreed by my parents.

The document was uploaded onto the Council’s portal exactly one week after my initial contact.

To date we do not know how effective the objection has been, as we are awaiting the council’s process to be completed, but my parents are content that they can/ could  do no more, as the objection letter ,is we feel, the best that we could have submitted.

At every stage every timescale was met – such a rarity these days . Thank you for your professionalism at this difficult time.

Joe Pita

I found this planning company extremely helpful and talked me through all the options with patience and professionalism. They immediately put my mind at ease and I could contact them at a moments notice and they always were willing to talk and nothing was too much trouble.

The letter that was written was brilliant. Everything was covered and done within an extremely short time frame. I discussed every point along the way and they answered all my questions in a kind and empathetic way.

I would totally recommend this planning company  and recommend them to my friends and family. If in the future I should require their services I would not hesitate to use them. It is refreshing to find a company which has the time, patience and understanding to do a job quickly and professionally while being excellent value for money.

Thank you so much for all your help at a difficult time.

Best regards

Jo Butcher