Planning Committee explained
The following is a summary of the Planning Committee process
Planning Committee's role
Our Planning Committee meets every four weeks in public to consider planning applications.
Senior planning officers determine about 98 per cent of planning applications under delegated powers. Therefore, the committee will only consider major or controversial applications.
Public speaking at Planning Committee
If you objected to an application and the planning officer's recommendation is to grant permission, you may have the opportunity to speak at the Planning Committee. See Public speaking at Planning Committee advice note [PDF | 233KB] for full details. We write to any objectors about a week before the meeting to inform you that the committee will consider the application.
Only those who have sent individual written objections can speak at Planning Committee. Organisers of petitions or an elected spokesperson can represent the objections of all those who have signed a petition against a planning application.
Registering to speak
When you have been contacted, then you must tell us in advance at least 48 hours before the scheduled meeting time.
Telephone: 01494 421 473
There is a time limit for speakers, which is normally three minutes in total for all objectors and three minutes for the applicant to respond.
Time limits may vary where a parish or town council wishes to speak or at the discretion of the chairman.
As with any council meeting, you may record meetings using your own equipment subject to our filming at council meetings protocol.
If you want to record audio or video, you will need to contact Democratic Services at least three days in advance.