The Planning Committee undertakes the
regulatory and other related functions of the Council as Local
Planning Authority and Building Control Authority.
The Planning Committee consists of 17 members.
Meetings are generally held every four weeks, on a Tuesday at
6.30pm. Meetings are open to the public although where
‘exempt’ information is discussed, members of the
public will be asked to leave the meeting. We have a small public
gallery which will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.
We also endeavour to livestream the meetings on YouTube.
Public speaking at Planning Committee is
allowed at the discretion of the chairman. The following is an
extract from the council’s constitution which sets out the
rules for speaking at Planning Committee:
Part 3c Planning Committee procedure rules
Public speaking is allowed at the discretion of the chairman. The
chairman’s decision is final.
Objectors and the applicant (or those speaking on behalf of the
applicant) may speak at Planning Committee except on those
another body directs refusal
the borough council is a consultee only.
Speaking at meetings of the Planning Committee is
objector to a planning application where:
The objector has made a written comment on the
The grounds of objection raise material planning
The objector has given the required notice of a wish
applicant(s), or agent(s) appointed to act on their
Objectors will have five minutes to speak. Where more than one
objector wishes to address the meeting, Democratic Services will
put the objectors in touch with each other so they may agree how
they will share the time allowed. The objectors should inform
Democratic Services of the agreement they have reached. If no
agreement is reached, the first person who made the request shall
Applicants may also share the five minutes as they see
Speaking will be allowed only if the planning application is one
which is reported to a meeting of the Planning Committee for them
to determine, on the basis that it is not delegated for decision at
Anyone wishing to speak will need to contact Democratic Services by
email, telephone or in writing no later than 4.00pm on the Thursday
before the meeting.
written submissions, photos, presentations or other material will
be accepted from speakers at the meeting.
a decision on an application is deferred, any objectors or
applicants registered to speak on that item will have the
opportunity to speak again when the item is brought back to a
future committee. If they do not wish to speak, opportunity for
others to register in line with the normal procedure will be
Applications will not be deferred because of the absence of an
applicant or objector, or other person, who has indicated a wish to
For further information or to
register to speak, please contact Democratic Services on 01455
255834 or email