Planning applications

Weekly lists of new planning applications are produced by Glasgow City Council. Our Planning Officer reviews the latest applications, and any relevant to our area are discussed at our meetings. We may take a decision on whether to oppose an application and send in an objection.

Current applications

You can see what planning applications are live either on (1) the City Council website or (2) RAMPS.

1. Glasgow City Council

Use this map on the City Council website. You can filter by ward or community council area or just view for the whole city. The links within the map take you directly to the documents for each application and you can view these and comment as normal.

To see current planning application information in North Kelvin:

  1. Use the link to go to the map
  2. Press the button labelled “Go to the Web App”
  3. On the left-hand menu choose the option “Community Council” on the right
  4. Scroll down the list of community councils and select North Kelvin

The Glasgow City Council site also provides information on how to comment on planning applications and gives guidance on Houses in Multiple Occupation or HMOs. HMOs are treated separately from planning: see information at the bottom of this page.


RAMPS is a website that enables you to track local authority planning applications. You may find it easier to use than the City Council one.

If you are looking for a specific planning application, go to Application Search, choose Glasgow from the dropdown menu, and enter text to search.

If you want to keep track of applications that relate to North Kelvin, go to Area Changes:

  1. Choose Glasgow from the “View Local Authority Changes” dropdown menu
  2. Enter a From and To date and then select “Show Changes”
  3. In the top right-hand box select “Change Ward and CC search filters”
  4. Select North Kelvin from the Community Councils list and then “Update search filter” at the bottom of the page.

You should now see a list of new and changed applications with links to full details on the City Council planning portal and to their position on a Google map.

If you want to be alerted to changes you can create a RAMPS account.

How to comment

You can comment on an individual planning application by:

  • Registering on GCC’S Planning Portal and then searching for the address. If you submit an objection via the planning portal you’re limited to 2000 characters, which is probably about 300 words.
  • Emailing the case officer directly if you have the email address. You will need to provide the correct planning application reference number and your name and contact details, such as address etc.
  • Submitting a response by post. Quote the application reference number and physical address and send with your comments to:

Planning and Building Standards
Glasgow City Council
231 George Street
G1 1RX

Letters must be signed and dated and have an address for an acknowledgement to be sent to. They should clearly state the reference number of the application you want to comment on, and the grounds on which the representation is made.

What to write

GCC’S webpage Comment on Planning Applications explains what kind of objections and comments can be considered when assessing a planning application. These are summarised below.

The Planning Department MUST take the following objections or comments into account, so the issues below are the ones to focus on:

  • Contrary to the Development Plan (17.3MB PDF download)
  • Road safety, traffic and parking issues
  • Residential amenity (loss of privacy, overshadowing, loss of daylight, etc.)
  • Appearance (design, materials, scale, massing, etc)
  • Impact on the character and setting of a listed buildings and/or conservation areas

The Planning Department CANNOT take some issues into account, so there is no point on commenting on them. These include:

  • Loss of a private view
  • Impact on property values
  • Legal issues such as feu restrictions or land ownership disputes
  • Commercial interests and competition
  • Matters covered by building regulations or other legislation

Other advice

You can get free, impartial and confidential advice to help with any planning issues, whether about your own home or wider planning issues in your community, from PAS (Planning Aid for Scotland). They also provide information about the planning system, with specific information sheets about common issues, and details of how to contact the planning authority in your local area.

HMO licensing

HMO licensing is treated separately from planning: see Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). There is a Code of Conduct (PDF download) for landlords and agents of licensed HMOS.

If you have a concern about a particular HMO, keep a diary or spreadsheet of any incidents or problematic behaviour, as this is evidence that the Licensing Committee may use in its annual appraisal of whether a licence can be renewed. Get in touch with us too.


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