Due to the upcoming general election, the planning committee on 12th December has been cancelled.

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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:

Committee Details

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

Members of the public now have an opportunity to put their views on a planning proposal direct to the Planning Committee when planning applications are being considered.

The purpose of the scheme is to give you an opportunity to make your views known in person to the Committee. Letters of support or objection will also continue to be taken into account.

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.

Can I speak on all planning applications?

Only on those items which are due to be determined by the Planning Committee.

For more information download our Guide for Participants Public Speaking at Planning Committee