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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 the majority 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.

Time limits

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.

Recording meetings

As with any council meeting, you may record meetings using your own equipment subject to our filming at council meetings protocol.

Contact information

Planning and building control opening hours and contact information