There is a brief guide to the Planning Register on the Council website. There is also a comprehensive user guide that explains in detail how to use the planning register. The database is generally quite easy to use if you are fairly computer literate. Here is an even shorter guide to setting up searches but please refer to either of the Council’s guides if you have any problems.

Step 1

Create an account HERE.

You don’t need to do this to search for an application or submit a comment, but it’s essential if you want to track applications, save searches and get notifications.​

Step 2

Login to your account and create a search and tick the box to sign up for email notifications​.

You can search for a property, a road, a word (e.g. demolition), a postcode, a ward. You can even do a map search and search within a rectangle or radius e.g. within 2 miles of your home address. You’re more likely to get too many results rather than miss anything.

To stop you getting bombarded with notification emails, HADRA has this ‘top tip’:​

​Restrict larger searches to full planning applications by clicking on ‘Advanced search’ and writing /FUL in the ‘Application Reference’ field. This will eliminate tree applications, householder extensions, non-material amendments, permitted development orders and so on.​

Step 3

Save your search and tick the box to sign up for email notifications​.

You will now receive emails from Development Management when there are changes to any applications in your saved search, or any new applications that meet your search criteria. Your tracked and notified applications will appear in a list.​