The current system aims to ensure that whoever is living in a property, whether owner, occupier or lessee, has opportunity to comment on proposals which may affect that property. Neighbour notification is only one way in which the public can find information about planning applications, and all planning authorities are required to publish online a list of all planning applications in their area. Certain types of application may also require notices to be published in newspapers.
Any changes requiring authorities to undertake searches to identify individual owners would cause delay and introduce additional burden to the system. We have no current plans for review.