Strategic planning consultations

You can view all available strategic planning consultations. To make a comment on a current consultation you must sign in to your account.

Strategic Planning Consultation Portal - User Assistance

Welcome to the Strategic Planning Consultation portal. This provides an interactive means to view and comment on documents during public consultation periods.

In addition to this page you can open a concise step-by-step user guide which may be useful to keep open whilst familiarising yourself with the consultation portal.

Responding to Statutory Consultations

Some consultations are statutory which means that, as a Local Planning Authority, Harborough District Council has a legal duty to gather comments and present them to a Planning Inspector in a prescribed way.

The online Representation form guides users to submit comments within the prescribed format, as required by the Regulations and follows the Planning Inspectorate guidance (PINS).  Please refer to our Local Plan Guide for a simpler explanation of the the PINS Guidance, with the aim of helping you submit a valid Representation.

Viewing consultation documents

You can view a list of consultation documents on the Consultation Home page and click on the document you wish to read.

Consultation documents can be viewed without being a registered user of the Strategic Planning Consultation Portal. However, if you wish to make a representation you will need to register as a user and be logged in.

Becoming a Registered User

Register your details with the Council by clicking ‘Register now’ on the Consultation Home page.

You will be prompted to supply a contact name, e-mail address, and postal address. This will enable us to contact you to confirm that your representation has been received by the council.

If you wish to return to the site in the future, you will need to login using the email address and password you registered with. If you forget your login details, you can reset them by selecting ‘request a new password’ on the Consultation Home page.

User Menus

When logged in to the consultation portal, the login in box at the top of the screen is replaced by your User Name and a menu bar. This menu bar shows the following options:

  • My details – select to enable you to update your, or your organisation’s contact details.
  • My Representations – select to view your previously submitted representations.
  • Log out – click to end your consultation session

Two buttons will remain at the top of the page regardless of being logged in or not:

1. Consultation Home: click on ‘Consultation Home’ on any page within in the portal and you will return to the home page depicting ‘Current Documents open to public consultation’,’ Forthcoming Documents’, ‘Adopted Documents’ and ‘Draft & Historic Documents’.

2. Search Representations: this button opens a search facility with on screen prompts to help you find a specific Representation.

Drafting, submitting and viewing Representations

Representations can be drafted, saved for review at a later date and submitted. (To do this you need to be a registered user therefore it is advisable to register as outlined above before following the guidance below.)

1. Go to website address:

2. Log in using your email address and password

3. On the Consultation Home page, scroll to the list of documents ‘Open for public consultation’ and select the document you wish to comment on.

4. Use the contents list to select the section of the document that you want to respond to.

5. Click on the pencil icon Write to view the online response form that will allow you to submit representations.

6. Click on the globe icon Map  to view the online interactive policies maps.

7. Click on the magnifying glass View icon to view any representations that have been made.

Please note: Representations are verified throughout each period of consultation. However, if large volumes are received there will be a delay between submitting a Representation and it being available to view.

Further Help

If you need help making your representations on the Local Plan consultation you can speak to one of our team by calling 01858 821160.

Alternatively, you can send us an email via the contact us page.

Having trouble using the system? Visit our help page or contact us directly.

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