The Planning Committee
The planning committee is responsible for making decisions on the larger and more sensitive planning applications we receive. It meets once a month at the Guildhall starting promptly at 6pm. You are welcome to attend this Committee and listen to the debate, or you can arrange to speak regarding a particular planning application.
Speak at planning committee meetings
We allow the public to speak at the planning committee.
We receive well over 1,000 applications each year (the bulk of which are for domestic extensions/works). It is, therefore, impractical for all applications to be determined by the Planning Committee.
Like all local planning authorities we delegate the determination of certain planning applications to officers rather than the planning committee. The Scheme of Delegation is set out as part of our constitution. All applications for domestic extensions, except those involving council-owned property, are delegated to the Head of Planning for determination. This is not unusual and is in accordance with government guidelines and current best practice. Our constitution also provides that a delegated application can be called-in by any council member to be determined by the planning committee rather than being delegated, provided that a valid planning reason is given.