Purpose of committee
Planning Committee is responsible for deciding applications for planning permission, listed building consent and conservation area consent. The council has produced a Planning Protocol, which sets out how it will deal with planning matters and this is included in part 5 of the Council’s Constitution
You can also view and make comments on current planning applications and find out more information about submitting an application.
Planning Committee meets every month. The meetings are usually held in the Council Chamber, Muriel Matters House and are open for the public to attend. Doors open at 5.45pm. Paper copies of the agenda for Planning Committee meetings are available on request from Democratic Services
The agenda and reports will be available to view on the council’s website 5 working days before the meeting.
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Public Speaking at Planning Committee
Members of the public may speak at Planning Committee where a petition of objection against the recommendation of the planning officer is received at least three clear working days before the committee meets.
Petitions must contain a minimum of ten signatories and each page of the petition must clearly state the application to which it is referring and also give the reasons for the objection. In these cases, the lead petitioner will be contacted by the Planning Department before the meeting. The applicant or their agent also has a right to speak in response to a petition. Each person making representations may speak for up to five minutes and may be asked questions by members of the Planning Committee.
The procedure allows for one person to speak against the application and one in support of the application. If two petitions are received and petitioners are making similar points, the chair (or vice chair in his / her absence) will exercise discretion and preference will be given to petitions from the immediate locality of the neighbourhood. Where two petitioners are allowed to speak the applicant may be allowed to speak for a maximum of ten minutes.
Ward Councillors may be allowed to speak immediately after the petitioner and applicant, if this has been agreed by the Chair of the committee before the meeting. Ward Councillors may speak for a maximum of five minutes but may not be asked questions.
Members of the public are not allowed to address Planning Committee members at the meeting, unless they have followed the above procedure.
- Councillor Richard Street (Chair)
- Councillor Phil Scott (Vice-Chair)
- Councillor Bruce Dowling
- Councillor Alan Roberts
- Councillor Judy Rogers
- Councillor Michael Wincott
- Councillor Matthew Beaver
- Councillor Mike Edwards
- Councillor Martin Clarke
- Councillor James Bacon
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Muriel Matters House
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