Determining planning applications during the coronavirus outbreak
Planning Committee meetings have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. To make sure planning decisions can continue to be made at the current time, we will be using emergency decision making powers, as delegated within our constitution to the Managing Director, Deputy Managing Director, Planning Committee Chair or Vice-Chair.
These individuals will work with planning officers to make what would have been Planning Committee decisions. We are working to minimise the overall level of applications that are required to be considered by the Planning Committee in accordance with the Council’s constitution regarding delegated powers.
Officers will not be carrying out site visits at this time. Instead we will be requesting applicants provide photographic and/or video evidence as may be necessary. If insufficient evidence is made available to allow officers to adequately assess the applications, we will seek to agree extensions of time with applicants, to deal with their planning applications. Officers will not themselves be placing site notices at this time, but will ask applicants to display these and provide evidence to confirm this.
All personal data held is processed in accordance with Data Protection Law. For more information please read our Planning Development Management and Enforcement privacy notice on our website.
How does the planning committee process work?
Decisions on the majority of planning applications are made by officers under "delegated powers". The more major, complex and controversial applications are generally decided by the Planning Committee. View details about the Planning Committee:
The Planning Committee meets every four weeks and has 15 members. It decides planning applications in accordance with agreed policies and enforces planning decisions when these are not complied with.
You will normally be able to view a copy of the report to Committee one week before the meeting. The minutes are then normally available one week after the meeting.
Read the Guide to the planning committee process document, for further information on the process.
We will try and ensure that all comments received relating to a planning application are reported, where relevant, to the Council's Planning Committee. However, any submissions received after 12.00 noon on the day before Planning Committee will not be included on the Planning Committee update sheet. Also it may not be possible to report to the Planning Committee comments, letters or emails received on the day of the Committee meeting. We therefore strongly recommend against the submission of comments or documents close to the start of Planning Committee meetings.
Public Speaking and coronavirus
Due to the coronavirus outbreak we have suspended public speaking at planning committee meetings.
We will then advise you about how we can make sure your views are recorded and represented to the committee.
Letters of support or objection will also continue to be taken into account.
You can still only speak on items which are due to be determined by the Planning Committee.
Advice to Public Speakers at Planning Committee re. visual aids/additional material
Visual aids such as photographs or plans, or written material cannot be handed out, circulated or displayed at any Planning Committee meeting.
For more information download our Guide for Participants Public Speaking at Planning Committee