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Planning and consultation advice

Planning Committee

How to make your views known at the right time.


We welcome public comments, whether for small developments like house extensions, or for large plans affecting a whole area. This explains how you can best make your views known so they can be considered before a decision is made.

Having your say at Planning Committee

Most applications are decided under delegated powers (by officers). But, where there are five or more written representations which go against the officer's recommendation, applications are normally considered by the Planning Committee.

The exception is where a proposal, involving an extension, alteration or improvement to a house follows our approved supplementary planning guidance 'Extending your home' [adopted in 2003]. In these cases, even if you have objected to the proposal, the application will remain as a delegated decision, unless you have asked to speak against the application at the Planning Committee.

Planning Committee meetings are usually held every three weeks on a Thursday afternoon in the Council House. The meetings are open to members of the public. Any written comments you make will be included in the written report if the application is to be considered by the Committee.

If you have made written representations on a planning application (sent to the Development Management Team) and wish to speak at the Committee then you must contact the Committee Officer on 024 7683 3198 or 024 7683 3166 up to 48 hours before the meeting.

Once you have told us of your wish to speak, you will be contacted to confirm the details of the meeting. You will be given a copy of the officer's report.

At the meeting the Chair will invite speakers to address the meeting for a maximum of three minutes each. Any objectors will go first, followed by those in support and finally the person making the application or their representative.

Read our guide to speaking at Planning Committee

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