Write to:
DRS, (the case officer if known)
City Chambers,
Glasgow City Council,
229 George Street,
G1 1QU
  • Give your name and address.
  • Give the site address, the application number, the proposal.
  • Say you object to the proposal, then list the things to which you object and why.
  • It is sometimes easiest to give a list, then deal with each one in more detail, but the planners will examine every letter.
  • If you are a neighbour, say so.
  • It is always best to write your own letter, but if you are signing a formula letter written by someone else, be sure to add your own comment and sign your name and address. Add any evidence or reasons you have for your objection. Petitions are only counted as one objection, so it is important to write yourself.
  • If you have seen the city plan and know that it is contrary to the city plan in any way, say which parts.



  • Over-development of the site (too many buildings, not enough garden space)
  • Too high for the surrounding area; overshadowing; windows too close to other habitable rooms.
  • Not suitable for context (views, street, etc.)
  • Rubbish facilities not good enough
  • Will cause too much extra traffic; no parking available.
  • Too many small units: housing mix not good
  • No disabled access
  • Flat roofs in an area of pitched roofs
  • Design - materials, colour, etc. Say why it is objectionable 
  • Overlooking (e.g. balconies overlooking back courts)
  •  Sub division of property may be relevant



  • It is a valid objection that there are too many in a particular area. e.g. restaurants: too many already (list them)
  • Ventilation shafts up back of tenement are noisy and distribute smells over a wide area.
  • Traffic generated
  • Anti-social aspects: commercial rubbish collection and deliveries from 5.30am to 7.30am, noise of bottles, customers on street when close at up to 3.30am, licensed premises (any objections to those)
  • Additional traffic introduced into residential area.
  • Deliveries in congested areas, or residential streets.



  • These need planning consent for ‘change of use’ as well as a licence. (Legislation for planning and licensing is quite separate)
  • Grounds for objection (plannning) to HMOs: There are more than 10% in any one street or block (it will be 5% in the new city plan). No new HMOs in Woodlands or Hillhead will be given planning consent (City Plan RES10)
  • Inability of absentee landlord to maintain Insufficient dustbins
  • Takeover of common areas to which not entitled.
  • If a new one, or one which hasn’t been operating more than 10 years is in your area, please let us know. If you have problems with any HMO please let us know.
  • Lack of parking


Any other reasons you may have can always be listed but some may not be considered if they are not planning concerns. Other complaints about behaviour, management, etc may be conveyed to Hillhead Community Council and to the HMO Unit, Protective Services, Glasgow City Council, (telephone: 0141 287 6533) and ask for any telephone complaint to be recorded.


Further information on HMOs is available in the HMO section under issues.


Planning applications can be viewed at:


Glasgow City Council, Development and Regeneration Services, Development Control,

229 George Street,
G1 1QU
Monday - Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4pm (excluding public holidays)


The weekly list of planning applications for Glasgow is published on the Glasgow City Council website. You can also find advice here on how to object to a planning application. Web Site: Glasgow City Council -


Planning Aid Scotland provide specialist planning information and advice.
Their website is at: