User guide: explore the Editors Notes feature of DCP Online

The purpose of the Editors Notes feature in DCP Online is to alert you to the latest information available since a section was last updated. This allows us to make sure that you have access to the most up to date content when using DCP.

When to use the Editors Notes

You can use the Editor’s Notes feature before, during or after reading the main DCP Online text. We do however advise that before reading the main text you view the Editors Notes to see if any legislation, guidance, court or appeal case has been issued which impacts on the section you are reading.

How to access Editors Notes

Notes are added against specific DCP sub-sections. If no Editors Notes exist for a section then the Editors Notes icon will not be visible. To view the notes click on the icon to the right of the section heading.

A separate window will then appear containing the latest Editors Notes


If you wish to see which sections on a page have Editors Note’s then click the Editor’s Notes tab located above the reading pane.


A separate window will then open displaying which sections have notes


What notes are added?

There is no limit on what type of note can be added but they generally fall within the following categories –
-    Court cases: This will include the court case name/date and source (if applicable). It will also include either a short précis of the case or the main issue relating to the section it is being placed in
-    New legislation or guidance:  A new statutory instrument or circular would fall under this heading
-    New appeals that our COMPASS appeal team have highlighted: The DCS number of the case will be provided allowing you to read a summary and download the full decision
-    Links to other DCP sections: Internal links will be given to other relevant DCP sections
-    Journal/magazine articles: Articles in publications such as Planning magazine and the Journal of Planning and Environment Law
-    When section was last updated

Please be aware the most recent editor’s note will appear as the last entry.

How can I search Editors Notes?

All Editor Notes are searchable. Click on the search options button

Then enter your search term making sure you have ticked "DCP Editors Notes" within the "Search In" section.


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